ERIC Number: ED378219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow. The UCLA Evaluation Studies.
Baker, Eva L.; And Others
The Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) project was initiated in classrooms at five sites as a program of research on the impact of interactive technologies on teaching and learning. ACOT provided teachers and students with an Apple computer at home and at school. The University of California, Los Angeles, conducted an evaluation of the ACOT program using a triangulation approach, with measurement tools developed for the study. This report summarizes evaluation findings from 1987 through 1990. Evaluation studies documented the challenges of assessing the effects of technology access on teaching and learning. While not conclusive, the study indicates that ACOT may have had selective positive impact on writing and on student attitudes, particularly as projects matured. These results make evident the need to examine the impact of specific instructional uses of technology on specific outcomes. Although there were findings that changes in practice, such as increased cooperative learning and decreased "directive" teaching, were consistent with ACOT goals, these findings do not reveal the particular role of technology in these changes. These issues affirm the importance of measures sensitive to particular technology project designs and contexts. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Technology Assessment.; National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.