Incorporating Computer Technology into the Classroom:

The North Aiken Elementary Project


In 1993, The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and North Aiken Elementary School (NAES) received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to explore approaches to incorporating computer technology into the classroom. The grant provides funding for computers for each teacherŐs classroom and a total of five graduate courses in science, mathematics, and computer technology.

During the first year of the grant, each teacher received a Macintosh Centris 610 computer for her classroom. In the Fall of 1993, the teachers were enrolled in a computer course taught by Dr. Gary J. Senn, co-PI of the grant. The teachers learned how to use an integrated software package using ClarisWorks and learned to develop multimedia lessons using HyperCard. In the Spring of 1994, the teachers were enrolled in a science course taught by Dr. Jeffrey M. Priest, the other co-PI of the grant. The teachers learned to use activities to make learning science a fun experience for them and their students. In the Summer of 1994, the teachers were enrolled in a physical science course taught by Dr. Phillip M. Astwood. The teachers learned content information in physical science and were involved in activities that they could use in their classrooms during the school year.

During the second year of the grant the teachers will be enrolled in another computer course and a mathematics manipulatives course.

A study will be conducted during this year that will explore three methods of incorporating computer technology into the classroom. The grant will compare bringing students to a computer classroom where each student has access to his or her own computer, having four computer stations in the classroom to which the students will have constant access, and having a single computer in the classroom which the teacher will use as an instructional tool.

This year there will also be a special program for parents of the students at NAES. Parents will be invited to attend a series of workshops where they will learn to use computer technology. These parents will then be asked to assist the students in school as the students engage in computer related activities. The workshops will be conducted by teachers from NAES.



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