ERIC Number: ED411228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Incorporating a Technology Component into Health Education Courses.
Harris, Jean L.; Ludwig, Michael J.
This paper describes a preservice health education course for elementary educators that incorporated a technology component to help the students gain computer literacy. All students received instructional computer accounts and had access to a class bulletin board. One class session focused on learning the systems. Throughout the semester, students shared tips about computer networking. Their first assignment was to navigate Internet health and elementary education discussion groups, then e-mail the instructor about what they learned and how they perceived their experiences. The second assignment had students download health related lesson plans from the Internet. The third assignment had students post their own lesson plans on the Internet. The final assignment required posting three times (reacting to an assignment, replying to another student's post, and whatever else the student chose). The instructors considered the project beneficial, as the predominantly female students mastered technology and gained skills to help them narrow the gender gap. The course helped students develop or enhance their computer literacy and view a model of classroom technology use. Students and instructors used computers to access one another outside the classroom. The greatest benefit was the increased sharing among class members. (SM)
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 Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (St. Louis, MO, 1997).