ERIC Number: ED225555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Fitting the Tool with the Task: A Problem in the Instructional Use of Microcomputers.
Damarin, Suzanne K.
Technology and Basic Skills in Mathematics (TABS) is a project to develop innovative technology-based instructional materials at the upper elementary or middle school level, emphasizing the non-computational mathematics basics of probability, geometry, estimation, and computer literacy. In each area, attempts are being made to bring together curricular analysis, analysis of microcomputer capabilities, measurement of individual differences, the psychology of a responsive environment, criterion referenced evaluation, and cognitive psychology. This joint analysis leads to the project's guiding question: For what concepts or processes within a given curriculum area do the unique capabilities of the computer allow us to apply sound educational principles in new ways? The real promise of computer software in instruction lies in the capability for providing learners with new types of interactive experiences. Six levels of possible interaction have been identified: watching, finding, doing, using, constructing, and creating. To make the best use of the technologies available, we must analyze the instructional task and apply appropriate computer tools to it. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interactive Systems; Technology and Basic Skills in Mathematics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 1982).