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Maddux, Cleborne D. – Computers in the Schools, 1986
Discussion of microcomputer use in public elementary schools focuses on the field of special education. Two main ways of using computers are described: (1) traditional uses, including administration, computer-assisted instruction, and assessment; and (2) new applications, including programming, word processing, simulations, and prosthetic aids…
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Simulation
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Bright, George W.; Harvey, John G. – Computers in the Schools, 1984
Defines games, instructional games, and computer instructional games; discusses several unique capabilities that facilitate game playing and may make computer games more attractive to students than noncomputer alternatives; and examines the potential disadvantages of using instructional computer games on a regular basis. (MBR)
Descriptors: Definitions, Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
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Hedges, William D. – Computers in the Schools, 1984
Describes generic types of databases--file management systems, relational database management systems, and network/hierarchical database management systems--with their respective strengths and weaknesses; discusses factors to be considered in determining whether a database is desirable; and provides evaluative criteria for use in choosing…
Descriptors: Databases, Decision Making, Design, Elementary Secondary Education
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Harlow, Steve – Computers in the Schools, 1984
If the computer is viewed as an exciting instructional tool in the current Information society rather than as the answer to schools' dilemmas, school professionals can begin to explore its humanistic potential to provide challenge and active inquiry. Professionals should be wary of the computer as orchestrator of educational experiences. (MBR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Development, Educational Environment
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Maddux, Cleborne D. – Computers in the Schools, 1984
Discussion of Logo use to teach children computer programing covers the educational theory behind Logo, how it differs from other programing languages, its educational promise, its graphics capabilities, Logo research, and different versions available. It is argued that educational computing will succeed only if it provides new ways of teaching.…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Discovery Learning, Educational Theories
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Lewis, Linda H. – Computers in the Schools, 1984
Suggests educators who are not yet computer literate choose an alternative focus by learning to evaluate software and determine its potential for use in specific educational settings. Questions which should be asked when reviewing software on appropriate use, content, and characteristics are presented, along with a software evaluation checklist…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Computer Literacy, Computer Software, Drills (Practice)
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Nolan, Fred – Computers in the Schools, 1984
Briefly examines the components of mathematical problem solving instruction, suggests seven guidelines for computer assisted instruction software in mathematical problem solving, and examines three commercially available examples of such software. (MBR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
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Smith, T. Michael; Andrews, Kenneth G. – Computers in the Schools, 1985
To better appreciate the role computer-assisted video instruction serves in education, this article examines the major features of the individual component technologies--computer assisted instruction, film, videotape, and videodisc; discusses potential effects and pitfalls of computer-assisted video instruction; and reviews research on its…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Films, Instructional Design
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Bitter, Gary G. – Computers in the Schools, 1987
Discussion of need for improved mathematics education of preservice teachers focuses on a model program, the Mathematics Fitness Project, that includes a computer-generated testing system, management system, and remediation system. Use of the system to improve mathematics skills and attitudes of college students and post high school adults is…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer System Design
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Bruno, James E. – Computers in the Schools, 1987
Discussion of how computer technology can be integrated into elementary school instruction focuses on evaluating student learning through test scoring. Highlights include descriptions of a computer-based instructional delivery system, modified confidence weighted admissible probability measurement (MCW-APM), and computer-managed instructional…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Managed Instruction, Confidence Testing
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Powers, David A. – Computers in the Schools, 1986
This discussion of the use of microcomputers by mentally handicapped learners focuses on software availability and selection. Criteria for evaluating software are given, including considerations of visual display, reading level, program design, drill and practice opportunities, positive reinforcement, format variety, graphics, instructional…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Courseware, Drills (Practice)
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Wepner, Shelley B.; Kramer, Steven – Computers in the Schools, 1987
Presents four steps for integrating computer technology into a school district's reading and language arts curriculum for elementary and secondary schools: (1) needs assessment; (2) planning; (3) implementation; and (4) evaluation. Topics discussed include personnel, budget, facilities, government mandates, computer hardware selection, software…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Educational Facilities
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Samuels, Melvin H.; Holtzapple-Toxey, Lisa – Computers in the Schools, 1987
Describes survey of public school administrators in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which was conducted to determine how their perceptions of computer training needs vary across administrative categories. The needs assessment questionnaire is described, ranking of computer competencies is discussed, and implications for educational planners for…
Descriptors: Administrators, Analysis of Variance, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education
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Hoelscher, Karen – Computers in the Schools, 1986
Describes the Minnesota Education Computing Corporation (MECC) Computing and Information Collection, a collection of software products for students in grades 4-12. These products are designed to support individual course content objectives and introduce and practice information literacy skills. Curriculum applications in language arts,…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Database Management Systems