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ERIC Number: ED402317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-9
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Newton and Learner Profile Issues: A First-Year Formative Evaluation of a District-Wide Experiment.
Green, John C.; And Others
In order to increase the efficiency and quality of performance assessment, the Leon County (Florida) Schools implemented a program in which teachers used the Apple Newton personal digital assistant and newly developed "Learner Profile" software program during 1994-95, in order to take observational and performance-based assessments in the classroom. The hand-held Newton and the software were disseminated to more than 800 teachers and training was provided. The first year formative evaluation focused on distribution/configuration, set-up, training, early use, teachers' feelings about the program, and schools' future plans for using Newtons and Learner Profile. Evaluation results indicated that first year implementation required much training and technical support as well as much teacher practice time. Only one-third of participating schools reported that 10% or more of their teachers engaged in regular use of the Newtons. Although overall first-year use was small, a significant number of pioneer schools and teachers who used the Newtons may serve to enhance future use. Lessons learned included the knowledge that: (1) training should be supplemented by much individual practice time; (2) a systematic support system should be established in the school; and (3) the program should begin with a small, solid base on which to build. An appendix contains the school distribution list. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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