ERIC Number: ED381133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Educational Systems Integrators/Integrated Learning System Project: Titan Schools 1993-94. OER Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Research.
The 1993-94 Integrated Learning System (ILS) project, a means of delivering individualized instruction through a computer network, involved approximately 70 schools from New York City school districts. To help schools learn about and operate the technology in an ILS, districts were given the option of hiring one of the following companies (referred to as education systems integrators): Instructional Systems Inc., Jostens, the Waterford Institute, and Titan. Of the four integrators, Titan elected to have the Office of Educational Research (OER) evaluate its program. Titan, who was chosen as integrator by six schools, contracted with Computer Networking Specialists (CNS) on Long Island to perform the integration services, and with the Waterford Institute to provide teacher training. Two of the six schools were part of the grantback phase and the other four were in the capital phase of the project. Problems resulting from the asbestos crisis in New York City public schools and delayed deliveries and installations affected both phases of the project, but especially the capital phase. Half of the schools were very satisfied with the teacher training they received, while the other half voiced dissatisfaction with the initial training. Opinions about the software programs were mixed; one area of dissatisfaction was the schools' involvement in decision making about the ILS project. Student achievement scores showed no significant differences in reading between program participants and the rest-of-school population. Recommendations include: reexamine teacher training; clarify the roles of CNS and Waterford; and consider how the program expects schools to integrate the use of the ILS lab. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Networks, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Instruction, Integrated Learning Systems, Integrated Services, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Research.