ERIC Number: ED219875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Microcomputers: A Creative Approach for Young Minds.
Buxton, Marilyn S.; Taitt, Henry A.
A sound approach to microcomputer instruction takes into account the special characteristics of microcomputers and uses them creatively to enhance the basic goals of education and to prepare students for a technological society. The most significant new tool man has designed in centuries, the microcomputer features one-person operation, low cost, adaptability to a variety of purposes, speed, accuracy, durability, extensive reach, power, efficiency, and immediate feedback to the user. All of these qualities can be used in the pursuit of such educational goals as basic skills (skills in communication, computation, information use, problem-solving, and application of creativity), a positive self-image, employability, and a diversity of talent. Microcomputer education programs can involve use of the microcomputer as a tool, treat the microcomputer as a subject in itself, or both. Good programs permit individual use of microcomputers by enthusiastic students who develop control over the equipment and use it in a variety of ways. It is particularly important to recognize that student interest in computers will grow out of enjoyable hands-on experience and that presenting background information first could dampen rather than spark enthusiasm. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Science Education, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Microcomputers, Student Motivation
Not available separately; see EA 014 910.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Learner Control
Note: In: The Computer: Extension of the Human Mind. Proceedings, Annual Summer Conference, College of Education, University of Oregon (3rd, Eugene, OR, July 21-23, 1982). For related documents, see EA 014 910-932.