ERIC Number: ED421985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Technology in California K-12 Schools: Uses, Best Practices, and Policy Implications.
Umbach, Kenneth W.
Computers and Internet access are becoming increasingly frequent tools and resources in California's K-12 schools. Discussions with teachers and other education personnel and a review of published documents and other sources show the range of uses found in California classrooms, suggest what are the best practices with respect to computer technology, and lead to some policy issues for consideration. While not all uses of computer technology found in the schools are necessarily frequent, many different uses have found a place in at least some schools. Some "best practices" are coming to be recognized with respect to computer technology in the schools. Some of these practices are fundamental--planning, staff development, curriculum integration, use of library media centers, professional communications, and use of a "train the trainers" model, among others. Some other practices, such as creation of school Web sites and use of multimedia presentations, are useful tools that are facilitated by the more fundamental practices. Policy implications of computer use are wide-ranging. They include the importance of encouraging planning, the role of funding for the long term, the importance of accounting for staffing needs, and the need to fully address staff development. This paper outlines each of these topics--uses, best practices, and policy implementation--and supplements the discussion with related statistics, a list of selected educational Web sites, a brief description of the important concept of information literacy, and a list of sources and further reading. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Library, Sacramento. California Research Bureau.
Identifiers - Location: California