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ERIC Number: ED410949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-22
Pages: 17
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Observations on the Use of Computer and Broadcast Television Technology in One Public Elementary School.
Hoge, John Douglas
This paper provides participant observations regarding the use of computer and broadcast television technology at a suburban public elementary school in Athens, Georgia during the 1995-1996 school year. The paper describes the hardware and software available in the school, and the use and misuse of computers and broadcast television in the classroom. Word processing software was the most frequently used and productive classroom tool. Student misuses of computer technology included: inappropriate expectations, procrastination, and "digital delinquency" such as loading non-educational games, and typing inappropriate poems and stories. Teacher misuses of technology included: searching of the Internet during the class, without prior identification and previewing of sites, and the use of electronic fraction bars which were more easily used in their regular plastic form. The difficulties with a student-produced broadcast of the morning announcements are discussed. Conclusions from the year-long observation include: (1) infusions of hardware and software alone will prove to be educationally ineffective--ongoing teacher training and school level support are essential; (2) disadvantaged youth need greater access to computers during school hours than their more well-to-do peers who often have technology resources at home; and (3) legitimate educational goals derived from established curriculum guidelines must drive the use of electronic technology. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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