The Electronic Schoolhouse: The IBM Secondary School Computer Education Program

The Electronic Schoolhouse: The IBM Secondary School Computer Education Program

The Electronic Schoolhouse: The IBM Secondary School Computer Education Program

The Electronic Schoolhouse: The IBM Secondary School Computer Education Program

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This book documents the IBM Secondary School Computer Education Program. We, the authors, helped design and administer the program under a contract between IBM and Educational Testing Service (ETS). The expected audience for the book includes federal and state education officials, university and college teacher-training faculty, school district superintendents and their staffs, public and private school administrators, teachers, students, and parents -- in sum, all those concerned with the current status and future of secondary education in the United States.

Chapter 1 describes the origins and design of the program. Chapter 2 describes the rationale for and the procedures employed in selecting the teacher training institutes and the secondary schools that participated in the program. This chapter also includes descriptive statistics on the schools. Chapter 3 describes the hardware and software components of the program and presents an account of the pedagogical perspectives and assumptions used in, making these selections. Chapter 3 also discusses the problems of maintenance and security of the donated items.

Chapter 4 reviews the various levels of training that took place in the program, focusing upon the instruction provided to the teacher trainers and to the school faculty. Network services, as provided by the staffs of the teachertraining institutes,ETS, and IBM are described in Chapter 5. This chapter also includes descriptions of the program operations from the perspective gained in implementing the network support services.Because the question of financing the use of computers in schools is of paramount importance, we have devoted all of chapter 6 to an analysis of the direct and indirect costs, incurred by participating schools.

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