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ERIC Number: ED421150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 7
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Supporting Technology in Schools: The Roles of Computer Coordinators.
Marcovitz, David M.
Three areas of importance to computer coordinators in the schools are: support by walking around, nuts-and-bolts support, and the computer coordinator as policy maker. A day spent following a computer coordinator around an elementary school was examined in the context of a larger qualitative study in which various aspects of support for technology at the school were observed for a little more than one school year. Data for the case study came from a day spent with the part-time computer coordinator of Burnham Elementary School, during the 1993-1994 school year. The computer coordinator can be technician, trainer, curriculum consultant, curriculum designer, and policy-maker. Support by walking around can facilitate these roles by making the computer coordinator aware of technical problems and training needs, how the computer can support the curriculum, and the effects that policy decisions can have on different teachers. The report suggests that teacher educators need to understand that computer coordinators need strong technical skills and the ability to provide basic training because these roles are likely to be significant parts of their jobs. A computer coordinator with a good understanding of the change process can help to set policies that enable technology to help change schools in positive ways. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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