Initializing successful computerized systems in schools
Graham, Vern Ann
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Microcomputers are becoming an important part of equipment in many schools today. In order for schools to make the most of this equipment, planning and organization has to take place before the computer is installed. Information was gathered from numerous sources. These sources included library research, demonstrations of hardware and software, courses taken, and interviews with students, teachers, and vendors. The information was interfaced to cover all major factors that influence a successful system. This project gives guidelines on how establishing a successful computerized system could take place. The five major factors presented are personnel, vendor selection, hardware selection, software selection, and site preparation. If these areas are handled correctly the computerized system at the school will be an asset to all involved. Personnel were found to be the key factor in all computer-oriented systems. Enthusiasm in using the new system is more important than actual knowledge. Purchasing software that is well documented enables the teachers to get involved quickly with making the computer useful in the classroom. Hardware should be easy to use and easy to maintain. Maintenance is the responsibility of the vendor; therefore, vendor selection is also very important.