ERIC Number: ED450708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Information Technology, Innovation and Success in a Small Rural School.
Sheppard, Bruce; Boone, Wilbert; Stevens, Ken
This paper reports on a case study of one rural school, Genesis Academy (a pseudonym), in Canada's most eastern province, Newfoundland and Labrador. Genesis Academy has been recognized as an innovative school in respect to the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning environment. This case study is part of a larger study that is focused on the assessment of the impact of two outreach projects on student learning and the development of ICT in K-12 classrooms. The first project, STEM~Net, was initiated in 1993 by the vice-president of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Its goal was to design and develop a province-wide computer network for all K-12 educators in Newfoundland and Labrador. STEM~Net, still in operation, was a founding member of the second project, SchoolNet, which was established by Industry Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. SchoolNet operations in Newfoundland and Labrador are essentially managed through STEM~Net, with a similar goal. This paper describes the influence of STEM~Net and SchoolNet on students and teachers, the technology infrastructure and resources, the classroom use of ICT, and the approaches to professional development and leadership that have contributed to successful implementation. Findings suggest that while the outreach projects have positively influenced the implementation of ICT, the factor that distinguishes this one school from other less successful project schools is its collaborative model of leadership. (Contains 20 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Access to Information, Case Studies, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Development, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Outreach Programs, Rural Areas
For full text: http://www.educause.edu/conference/e99/proceedings.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: EDUCAUSE '99: Celebrating New Beginnings. [Proceedings] (Long Beach, CA, October 26-29, 1999); see IR 020 580.