A Decade of Usage of the Computers for Instructional Purposes

Charp, Sylvia; Altschuler, H. H.
February 1977
Education Digest;Feb1977, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p41
The article focuses on the usage of the computers for instructional purposes. Over the past 10 years, a variety of computer applications in the instructional area have been developed and implemented in elementary and secondary schools throughout the U.S. The School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was one of the first school systems to become involved in this area, primarily due to the desire of the superintendent and school board to explore ways the computer could assist in the education of inner-city students. The number of students using the computer in Philadelphia has grown from several hundred in 1966 to 70,000 in 1976. Computer literacy has expanded from its original implementation in five schools to the present level of 32 schools. It has now become an integral part of the junior high family of courses. Students have an opportunity to write programs, since a terminal is installed at their school for four months of each year. A curriculum guide written by teachers has gone through several revisions. It includes assignments for classwork and homework, in addition to the basic material to be covered.


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