ERIC Number: ED370566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Impact of Digital Technologies on the Elementary School Classroom.
Ruberg, Laurie; And Others
This paper examines the impact of digital technologies on an elementary school classroom. The following topics are addressed: (1) how classrooms were physically adjusted to incorporate new digital technologies; (2) the context and content areas in which students used these technologies, based on observation, teacher interviews, and teacher responses to a final survey; (3) and teacher and student attitudes towards increasing use of digital technologies in the classroom. Teachers used computer-assisted instruction in nearly all subject areas for drill and practice, simulations, and word processing. The teachers felt that students responded positively to instructional activities on the computers. Students liked working on their own with the computers; they specifically liked using computers for games, information searches, programs that rewarded a good score on a drill by a playing a game, and looking up definitions while reading. When asked how to improve instructional applications of technology in the classroom, teachers suggested more computers, more training, and more software. Based on this observation of the school, within a supportive and collaborative environment, it is concluded that teachers are interested in using digital technologies in their classrooms. (Contains 2 references.) (JLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Coll. of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Visual Literacy in the Digital Age: Selected Readings from the Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (25th, Rochester, New York, October 13-17, 1993); see IR 055 055.