ERIC Number: ED377822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Improving the Student's Use of Computers within the Middle School Curriculum through a Multi-Faceted Approach of Increased Computer Accessibility and Varied Teaching/Learning Strategies.
White, Daniel C.
Middle school students are failing to connect what is learned in computer classes to other subject areas of the school's curriculum. Teachers, who often lack basic computer knowledge, are not encouraging computer use, and a lack of computer accessibility and appropriate software compound the problem. A practicum was designed to: (1) move the school's computer lab to a more accessible area; (2) conduct teacher inservice training in different aspects of technology and its application to various subject areas; (3) write grants for additional computers; (4) review and rewrite middle school technology curriculum; and (5) establish cooperative and peer tutoring groups within the computer lab. After implementation, computer lab utilization (hours used) by students and teachers increased 30%. Four out of 16 grants written were approved (a 400% increase), and students demonstrated an average competency skills rating of 75%. The training was well-received by the staff and their technology use skills increased. Eight appendices include a staff questionnaire related to educational technology, student post-tests, teacher evaluations of inservices, a map of a proposed move of the computer lab, agendas for inservice training, a checklist of observations in the computer lab, the technology curriculum, and the administrative response to inservices. (Contains 16 references.) (MAS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Competence, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Teachers, Grants, Inservice Teacher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Laboratories, Learning Strategies, Middle Schools, Peer Teaching, Problem Solving, Secondary School Teachers, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Practicum Report, Nova University.