ERIC Number: ED430533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
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Optimizing a Middle School's Network Capabilities for Accessing Information, Improving School Communications and Interacting with the Global Community through Network Training.
Richardson, Laura A.
The problem addressed in this practicum was that most teachers at the author's middle school were not fully using the school's network resources in their day-to-day classroom activities, in spite of district technology initiatives. The goal of the practicum was to empower a cadre of representative mentor teachers to fully utilize the school network capabilities to engage in and help others engage in non-traditional classroom learning activities using a variety of new technology resources. Based upon the results of a faculty questionnaire and of a review of the research literature, this problem was addressed by offering a network training graduate course, combining face-to-face sessions with distance education sessions, to a group of teachers at the school. These teachers would in turn be expected to share their training with fellow teachers. All 15 participants in the course made measurable progress with their networking skills and met the course goals in broad terms, but not all anticipated outcomes of the practicum were completely met. The researcher determined that this was due to the fact that some teachers in the class did not have the intended entry level skills, as well as to an organizational systems problem. Appendices include two general faculty questionnaires, the course syllabus, grading template, handouts, and the course evaluation questionnaire. (Contains 55 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Class Activities, Computer Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermediate Grades, Internet, Junior High Schools, Mentors, Middle Schools, Questionnaires, Skill Development, Teacher Surveys, Technology Integration, Training
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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