ERIC Number: ED362214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Evaluating the Impact of Technology at Peakview Elementary School.
Wilson, Brent G.; And Others
Peakview Elementary School is a new elementary school that is implementing a number of organizational and teaching strategies advocated by the school restructuring reform movement. Among those strategies is the infusion of more than 80 networked microcomputers with their related technology and software. The impact of this technology on the school community was examined through a variety of data collection instruments, including classroom observation and surveys and interviews of 22 teachers and students at all grade levels. Survey data were collected in August 1991, when the school had just opened, and again in May 1992. Three other elementary schools were studied for comparison purposes. Consistent evidence was found that technology plays an essential role in facilitating the school's goals, with positive effects on student learning and attitudes. Students use the technology extensively for research and writing, as well as for instructional support in many subjects. Technology has changed the way teachers work, resulting in a net increase in the number of hours they work, coupled with greater productivity, effectiveness, and satisfaction. The implementation factors identified as contributing to the success of the school's use of technology form the basis of a set of recommendations for implementing technology in other schools. Four tables present study findings. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary Schools, Influences, Interviews, Job Satisfaction, Microcomputers, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (15th, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 13-17, 1993); see IR 016 300.