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START (Student Trainers as Resource Technologists): An Alternative Approach to Technology Integration
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Selected Research and Development Presentations at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division,

Abstract

This study investigates the effectiveness of integration efforts at an elementary school, where for the past 2 years, all students (grades 1-5) have received computer training at least one day per week from the media specialist, university personnel, and/or volunteers. A group of 18 students were trained as technology tutors in additional after school training sessions. The primary research question guiding the study was: "What impact does specialized student training have on teachers, students, and the school?" The researchers used qualitative methods to examine changes in the teachers', students', and school's use of and attitudes toward technology. Survey and interview data were collected from both student trainers and teachers, and workshop reflections were collected from the teachers. Results suggested that there was an increase in technology use, both professional and instructional, by teachers. Teachers reported increased comfort with technology as curriculum support. Students evidenced increased confidence, increased computer skills, and increased self-esteem. As a whole, the school culture changed to one that focused more on technology. The researchers propose that technology skills and pedagogical beliefs should be developed simultaneously, to help teachers integrate technology into the curriculum. (Contains 28 references.) (DLS)

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Ertmer, P.A., Hruskocy, C., Johnson, T. & Lai, F.Q. (1998). START (Student Trainers as Resource Technologists): An Alternative Approach to Technology Integration. Presented at Selected Research and Development Presentations at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division 1998. Retrieved October 30, 2020 from .

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