ERIC Number: ED231682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Interfacing the Videocassette Tape with the Apple II Microcomputer.
Day, Harlan R.
An economics learning package which utilized a videocassette recorder (VCR) and an Apple II computer was successfully developed and field tested. The videocassette tape material used in the project was a lesson--"To Buy or Not To Buy"--from "Trade-Offs," a series of economics films for 9- to 13-year-olds. All programming was done using the computer language BASIC. The interface between the VCR and the microcomputer was developed by an electrical engineering student at Purdue University. The homemade interface device costs a fraction of what commercial interface packages cost. The learning package, which consisted of (1) introduction and pretest, (2) viewing of the "Trade-Offs" film, (3) questions and instruction on concepts covered in the film, and (4) posttest, was field tested with sixth graders from a private school. Students were tested individually, and each completed a questionnaire. Students seemed genuinely pleased with the materials; some learning about economics did take place (the average pretest score was 59% correct, the average posttest score was 78% correct); and there were very few technical problems. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Apple II; Interface System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Joint Council on Economic Education (Kansas City, MO, October, 1982). Best copy available.