ERIC Number: ED422150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Putting Technology into the Classroom: A Guide for Rural Decision Makers.
Boethel, Martha; Dimock, K. Victoria; Hatch, Lin; Adams, Sharon, Ed.; Heath, Marilyn, Ed.
This guide is intended for superintendents and central office staff in small, rural school districts who are considering ways of using technology in the classroom. It provides information about why technology is worth the trouble and what it can accomplish, lays out the basic issues and tasks involved in integrating technology into classroom instruction, and points to other necessary resources. Sections of this guide cover: (1) the benefits of computers, the Internet, and other technology for students and teachers; (2) the minimum that an administrator should know about technology; (3) where to start with regard to building interest and support and initiating a formal planning process for technology integration; (4) development of a technology plan (establishing a planning committee, forming an instructional vision, auditing current resources); (5) components of a good technology plan; (6) covering technology costs and finding new funds; (7) ongoing staff development and training; (8) assuring equitable technology access for students and teachers; (9) how to get troubleshooting help; (10) how to keep systems up-to-date; and (11) the most common pitfalls in technology planning and use and how to avoid them. Sections contain references and additional resources, many of which are available on the World Wide Web. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.