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ERIC Number: ED427685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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The State of the 'Net in Secondary Classrooms: Rhetoric and Reality.
Baines, Lawrence; Deluzain, R. Edward; Hegngi, Yolanda
While 96% of teachers profess to use technology, this study of 85 teachers in grades 5-12 in Florida and Georgia found that only 4% of teachers actually integrated technology in their instruction. The majority of schools had few computers, fewer Internet-ready computers available for student access, and teachers who had never received any training concerning how to use computers. Most teachers lacked even a rudimentary knowledge of the Internet; many could not explain how to turn on a computer. The reality of public school classrooms contrasts sharply with the rhetoric and possibilities of using technology effectively in schools as exemplified by some interesting, high-tech classrooms. Topics discussed in this paper include: the disparity between reported and actual use of computers in instruction; the dilemma of "best practices" and teacher preparation; observations of one exemplary teacher; and the desperate need for models of best practice. A table summarizes major findings of the study. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Georgia