ERIC Number: ED215302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Development and Use of Microcomputer Reading Programs.
Of the currently available programs for microcomputers, only a few are applicable for reading instruction, and those being used are most frequently drill and practice. These programs focus on reading skills such as letter recognition, word alphabetization, and sight words. Very few programs are concerned with comprehension. Consequently, a team at the Iowa State University in Ames, consisting of several elementary education faculty, a media specialist, and two programers, produced five microcomputer programs, one of which focuses on the comprehension skill of paraphrasing. The program is designed for use on the Apple II Plus microcomputer and is in two parts: one using regular sentences and the other using sentences with idioms. In each part there are 15 sets of three sentences each. Basically each student is asked to read all three sentences and select the two giving the same thought. To integrate the paraphrasing program as part of a total instructional unit, the following sequences are suggested: (1) explain to students why the paraphrasing skill is important and how it may be used, (2) have students match pictures with sentences that give the same idea, (3) give sets of synonyms to be matched by students, (4) have students match short phrases with a single word, (5) have students compare direct and indirect quotes, (6) make use of the computer program, (7) have students summarize ideas in a few sentences, and (8) have students look up information on a topic and take notes. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Council of the International Reading Association (Des Moines, IA, March 11-13, 1982).