ERIC Number: ED394503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-11
Technology and Leadership.
Bernauer, James A.
This paper describes how technology has been successfully integrated into a school's curriculum, the leadership decisions leading to this success, and the impact that technology has had on students and the school organization. Although the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf provides specialized services, findings from this study may be applied to other K-12 schools that desire to use technology as a tool for improving teaching and learning. Discussion includes the organizational structure of the school; the award of "teacher-initiative grants" of which a substantial amount was used to purchase computer technologies; further technology initiatives and the need for organizational partnering; benefits of technology; and the technology implementation plan. A summary of accomplishments in science and language arts, as well as teacher and student responses to the technology are provided. The conclusions of this project are as follows: (1) technology integration can not only offer a way to improve teaching and learning, but can also affect changes in teacher roles, curriculum planning, and decision making; (2) technology will continue to be integrated into the curriculum; (3) student outcomes need to be evaluated; (4) there are financial and other kinds of benefits received by partnering with other organizations; and (5) institutions that train educational leaders need to promote technology. Eight tables show results of teacher and student assessments. (Contains 38 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Leadership, Partnerships in Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).