THE INTEGRATION OF MICROCOMPUTERS INTO
THE HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS PROGRAMME

A RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMITTED TO THE FACULTY OF EDUCATION
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF EDUCATION
BY
WILLIAM G. HILLMAN
B.Sc. (4 Yr. Honours) ~ B.Ed (5 Year) ~ M.Ed

VI. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The success of the project is mirrored in the amount of time the students spend in the computer/language arts room and also in the excitement which is in evidence daily. In all the years I have taught these courses, never have I seen motivation higher. More kids feel good about themselves and their work, as do their parents, and this results in fewer discipline problems. Students are writing more and are obviously enjoying the experience. Our administrators appear to be more than satisfied as the school is seen as offering courses which are perceived as being more relevant and as being better able to prepare students for the job market. In addition to this, I have observed fewer discipline problems in the school overall, and facilities are being used more efficiently. There has been a marked improvement in planning and organizational skills in the students who were having serious problems in these areas. Many parents of exceptional students have expressed their approval for the way their children now receive more individualized help from the instructor, or work ahead at their own pace via the computer-based program. All students have the added advantage of learning about computer systems, procedures and keyboarding while mastering reading, writing, interpretive and creative skills. Since we are part of a rural small school, this tapping of technology opens communication windows to the whole world and helps not a little in promising that our remote facility shall remain a viable operation into the 21st century.
 

 On the basis of the success of this project I make the following recommendations

 That:

  1. the procedures I have developed be made    available to other educators and applied to their   particular teaching situations, in whole or in part;

  2. the materials I have created, adapted, compiled   and collated be shared with other educators to use verbatim or to adapt to their own unique styles;  and

 3. there be more training (in-services, summer and   evening courses, distance education, etc.) offered in the areas of technology integration into the curricula across all subject areas and grade levels.


CONTENTS (QUICK LINKS)
Introduction: Abstract ~ Acknowledgements ~ Contents
PART I: Background to the Problem
PART II: Statement of the Problem
PART III: Key Question
PART IV: Method
PART V:   Description of Procedures of 
                   Integrating Computer Technologies 
                    into the Language Arts Curriculum:
SCRIPT:   Summary of Computer Integration Procedures:
                   Script for Our Video Documentary
PART VI: Conclusions and Recommendations
REFERENCES
APPENDICES: Links To Our Related Websites

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