ERIC Number: ED394516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of Technology in the Classroom.
Shick, Robert W.
As computers become more prevalent in society, educators are obligated to plan and provide for classroom use of computer technology. This document describes an investigation into the readiness of elementary school teachers to integrate computer technology into their classrooms. A survey of sixth grade teachers at a target Florida school and three other nearby schools with similar demographic profiles revealed high levels of computer anxiety and low levels of computer use being integrated into the curriculum. A computer training program was developed for teachers at the target school, and at the end of 12 weeks of implementation the target group of four educators demonstrated an increase in computer presentation skills, a decrease in computer anxiety, and increased acquaintance of presentation software such as Microsoft's Powerpoint, word processing, and various computer tutorials. The success of the training program suggests that school districts should consider allocating funds for teacher training, not simply for the improvement of technological status. Appendices include copies of measurement instruments: (1) technology awareness survey; (2) computer knowledge pretest and posttest; (3) technology attitudinal survey; (4) computer software pretest and posttest; (5) individual pre- and post-assessment data; (6) leadership rating scale; and (7) a program evaluation form. (Contains 14 references.) (BEW)
Descriptors: Computer Anxiety, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Grade 6, Intermediate Grades, Knowledge Level, Measurement Techniques, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, School Surveys, Skill Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Technological Literacy, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Florida