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2 PERCEPTIONS OF COMPUTER LITERACY: A CASE STUDY Student Research Team : Bernrussell Bacolod Sandy Cerda Alec Coleman Juan J. Gonzalez Julie Gonzalez Teacher Fellow: Joanna Goode

3 The Question b How do students, teachers, and policymakers view the level of computer literacy that every student needs? Are there differences across and within schools in how computer literacy is viewed? Where are these differences?Are there differences across and within schools in how computer literacy is viewed? Where are these differences? What resources exist that serve or do not serve these goals?What resources exist that serve or do not serve these goals? Do people have different information about computer access and resources?Do people have different information about computer access and resources?

4 The Literature b Jay Macleod - Ain’t No Makin’ It: aspirations and attainment in a low- income neighborhood b Jean Anyon - Social Class and School Knowledge b David Bolt and Ray Crawford - Digital Divide b Nicholas C. Burbules and Thomas Callister, Jr. - Watch It b ACLU Docket - Williams vs. State of California b Assembly Bill 64 - Education technology

5 Methodology b Surveys b Interviews policy-makerspolicy-makers studentsstudents teachersteachers b Internet data b Meetings w/ Legal Advocates

6 School Demographics Central HighPacific High

7 Policymakers Policymakers Computers - Essential b Assembly Member Marco Firebaugh b Senator Polanco b Assembly Member Anthony Cardenas Computers -Not a Priority b Superintendent of Central School District b FCMAT Representative Tom Henry b Superintendent of Pacific School District

8 Teachers Teachers Central b Weak support from Administrators b Minimal expectations of computer literacy b Vocational PreparationPacific b Students needed more than low-level typing skills b Online communication b Analytical and critical thinking All felt that a good level of computer literacy and access to technology was necessary in today’s advancing society

9 Students Central b 67% took only one computer course very low level classesvery low level classes b 63% of students felt they had more than one place for computer access e.g. - home, library, classroom, and/or a friend’s housee.g. - home, library, classroom, and/or a friend’s house b 37% had one option Pacific b 52% took only one course b 74% said they had more than one option b 26% had only one option two tracks of students b Upper Level Classes and Coursework

10 A Comparison Of Courses

11 Conclusions Implications b Digital Grant does not provide set definition of Computer Literacy b Lack of information in the information age b Vocation skills v. Critical thinking Possible Improvements to the Research: Greater range of data from students and teachers in different groups or positions

12 Conclusions/Implications - Continued b Set definition of Computer literacy Needed Word processing creatively and effectivelyWord processing creatively and effectively Find and be critical of data over the internetFind and be critical of data over the internet Effective online communicationEffective online communication b Benefits of having a set definition of computer literacy Greater organization of technology statewideGreater organization of technology statewide Teacher level of computer literacy will improveTeacher level of computer literacy will improve Window for legal actionWindow for legal action b Technology would heighten the democratic process

13 “I think students can make a difference. I think students can have the ability to engage in legal debates, whether it’s in the courtroom or in the statehouse, to change any policy.” - Assembly Member Marco Firebaugh

14 Thank You !


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