ERIC Number: ED381129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Florida's Model Technology Schools Program: 1988 to 1993: (You Can't Go Home Again). Report 94-02.
Losak, John; MacFarland, Thomas
The broad objectives of the Model Technology Schools project were to study the impact of technology on schools and student learning; to develop models for using educational technology as a tool for school management and classroom teaching; and to disseminate these models for use in public schools throughout the state. Research involved site visits and two surveys to participating schools. Project procedures, a review of previous evaluations, and observations from site visits and survey results are reported. Findings highlights include: (1) technology serves as a student motivator; (2) technology improves access to information; (3) knowledge of technology is viewed as critical to career and preparation for high school graduates; (4) adaptive devices for students with special needs are insufficient though where available provide excellent tools for individualized instruction; (5) 91% of students spend between 1-10 hours per week on microcomputer usage; (6) teachers report availability and student usage of computers at a much higher level than overall usage in the United States; (7) generally, conditions known to support learning (enthusiasm, improved time on task, and collaborative behavior) were reported by teachers to be much more in evidence with computer usage; (8) classroom management improved and teacher involvement in the communication network has improved thanks to electronic mail; and (9) careful use of limited, and sometimes older, computers demonstrates that state-of-the-art, expensive computers are not essential. Based on research findings, eight project recommendations are made. Twenty tables illustrate findings. (Contains 20 references.) (MAS)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Career Planning, Classroom Techniques, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, Microcomputers, Models, Public Schools, Student Motivation, Surveys, Teaching Methods, Use Studies
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida