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Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, Mar 24-28, 2008)

For the past 10 years a rural Pennsylvania school system has worked to develop a high quality educational technology program. In 1997 the district surveyed its faculty and found that there was a low level of technology infusion in the teaching/learning processes. Teachers were also found to be uncomfortable with computers and software applications for both the classroom and also in their lives at home. Between 1997 and 2007 there were a number of changes in the district's curriculum, and a significant infusion of hardware and software was carried out. The district also provided continuous professional development and technical support for its teachers. The survey in 2007 provided data indicating that the situation had changed and technology is now widely utilized. One finding from the 2007 survey was that the home use of computers is a significant predictor of a teacher's embracing educational applications for educational technology. Another significant factor in technology understanding is whether the teacher is an elementary or secondary level educator. Survey is attached. (Contains 2 tables.)

Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Districts, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Case Studies, Teacher Surveys, Questionnaires, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Computer Literacy





Author: Wright, Robert J.; Lesisko, Lee J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2272&id=ED500766



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