Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Donald W. Smitley


In this study the current uses of microcomputers in the classroom were explored through a review of the literature and personal interviews with educators, businessmen, and computer specialists. The current innovations are examined in an effort to anticipate the technical world that students will face in the future. One must anticipate what the future needs will be to develop a program that will help the students to become contributing members of society. This study was specifically conducted to make recommendations for the uses of microcomputers in the Red Hill school district.

The report focuses on the different areas of the instructional uses of microcomputers in the classroom. These different areas are: the selection and evaluation of hardware; the selection and evaluation of software; microcomputers and minicomputers; time-sharing and main frame computers; computer literacy; computer programming; drill and practice; tutorial; creative programming; computer-managed instruction; computer-assisted instruction; projected uses in the classroom by subject material; simulations and decision making; games and graphics in the classroom; introduction into the curriculum; telecommunications and their use in education; peripherals that are desirable and necessary; the choice of a supplier; computer equity and students; microcomputer politics and solutions; computer phobia and its solutions; social implications of the microcomputer; are computers cost effective; the hidden costs of microcomputers; the administrator's role in adopting the microcomputer into the curriculum; microcomputers and copyright laws; microcomputers in a rural district; the funding available for microcomputer programs; why computers are not reaching their full potential; new innovations and the future; the resources available at Red Hill; and preventative maintenance and care. From the discussion of these areas, a list of specific recommendations for the instructional use of microcomputers at Red Hill is formed. Following these recommendations, a tentative timetable of adoption is presented.