Integrating computer technology in grade one classrooms

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Gleason, Patrick
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1999
The purpose of this project was to examine how Grade One teachers in Central Alberta are integrating computer technology into daily teaching. The literature review provides a brief history of various technologies that have been introduced to schools throughout the twentieth century. The review also examines articles that are about the use of computer technology in primary classrooms. The interviews with six Grade One teachers included questions about their computer technology background and training, how they used the technology, their frustrations and their suggestions for better use of computer technology in the classroom. Findings reveal that teacher expertise was gained through workshops and personal use of computer technology. The workshops concentrated on hardware and software operation rather than effective classroom use of computer technology. The project conclusion includes recommendations to improve use of computer technology in the Grade One classroom. A significant aspect of the interviews was that all the teachers prefaced the interview with an apology regarding their lack of expertise with computers and software. In order for teachers to approach computer technology in a confident, constructive and positive manner, there is a need for a long term financial commitment by Alberta Education. Another aspect of the conclusion is that computer technology, especially at the Grade One level, should remain only a small part of a young child's education.
ix, 73 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Computer-assisted instruction -- Alberta , Education, Primary -- Alberta -- Data processing , Microcomputers