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ERIC Number: ED381129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Pages: 107
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida