ERIC Number: ED385991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-15
Technology Inservice Project (Project TIP). Final Report.
Hutinger, Patricia L.
The Technology Inservice Project (Project TIP) was designed to provide technology training and information to meet the staff development needs of early childhood administrators, teachers, and support personnel and early intervention team members, including families and regular educators. Approximately 2,000 people participated in 167 inservice events over the project's 3-year period. The project's focus was on providing training to increase the acceptance, knowledge, and use of computers and other assistive technology in early childhood classrooms. Participants were able to select from a menu of 18 inservice topics. Topics were organized into awareness and hands-on sessions for either child applications or adult productivity. Hands-on training was competency-based, and follow up was provided through on-site visits, printed resources, and telephone consultations. The project identified strategies for overcoming participants' fears about using technology and for setting up an environment conducive to learning. Other findings related to the role of administrative support and the necessity of follow-up training. Participant evaluations of inservice events indicated that they had increased both their knowledge and skills. The project has produced manuals, software, and videotapes available to the public. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Attitude Change, Competency Based Teacher Education, Computer Attitudes, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Technology, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Resistance to Change, Staff Development, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Coll. of Education.