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A closer look at what actually occurs in classrooms forces observers to realize that to integrate technology effectively into teaching and learning, teachers must address many challenges and demonstrate more than superficial knowledge about technology and its use. To assess one element of the technology integration issue, a regional survey of teachers' software selection and use was conducted. The spring 1999 survey was designed to provide insight into the types of software and frequency of software use in classrooms across Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia and to identify issues for further research and technical assistance in the region. Key findings revealed that of those responding to the survey: 83.6% indicated they never use software in their teaching; productivity tools and research tools were the most frequently used software; curriculum software and instructional simulations were the least utilized software; and drill-and-practice software was utilized daily by 9.5% of respondents. The type of software use by subject area is also outlined. Implications for action are discussed. Contains 16 references.) (AEF)

Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, School Surveys, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration

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Autor: McGraw, Tammy M.; Blair, Betty C.; Ross, John D.


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