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This newsletter presents a brief summary of central findings of a national survey designed to gather a systematic profile of the range and type of telecommunications activities being conducted by teachers for professional development or student learning. Responses were received from 550 of the 1,100 educators who were contacted through telecommunications networks and mailed questionnaires. Respondents' schools were comparable to national averages, and do not appear to represent more affluent communities than average. Over 80 percent of respondents report that they have been using computers in their teaching for five or more years. Most consider themselves intermediate or very knowledgeable about telecommunicating. They are using telecommunications for a variety of professional activities, and about two-thirds are accessing information services and carrying out collegial exchanges at least once a week. The findings suggest that telecommunications is a valuable resource for this group of teachers for professional and student learning activities, and that these educators represent a specialized group of experienced and highly educated teachers. Recommendations based on survey findings are presented. (SLD)

Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Information Networks, Knowledge Level, Mail Surveys, National Surveys, Newsletters, Professional Development, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Role, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Telecommunications, Use Studies

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Autor: News from the Center for Children and Technology and the Center for Technology in Education, v2 n2 Feb 1993


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