ERIC Number: ED232623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Magic Spells. MicroSIFT Courseware Evaluation.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THIS DOCUMENT (Except for the Evaluation Summary Table): VERSION: Copyright 1981. PRODUCER: Advanced Learning Technology, Inc., 4370 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94025. EVALUATION COMPLETED: January, 1983 by the Oakland ISD, Pontiac, Michigan. COST: $45.00. ABILITY LEVEL: Grades 1 to 8. SUBJECT: Language Arts. TOPIC: Spelling. MEDIUM OF TRANSFER: 5-1/4" flexible disk. REQUIRED HARDWARE: Apple II, 48K, single disk, color monitor recommended. REQUIRED SOFTWARE: Applesoft, DOS 3.3. INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE: Standard instruction, enrichment. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES: Drill and practice, authoring. DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE: In the program--program operating instructions and student's instructions. In the supplementary materials--suggested grade/ability level(s), instructional objectives, sample program output, teacher's information, and student's instructions. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: (STATED) To increase the users skills in spelling. INSTRUCTIONAL PREREQUISITES: None. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE: Adventure combined with spelling drill and practice with clear directions for use. ESTIMATED STUDENT TIME REQUIRED: 20 minute sessions. POTENTIAL USES: Introduce disk to whole class to explain how it operates. Make up student assignment sheets including title of list, place for student name, and the date, the list of words and a place to enter the student's progress report. Student would be given assignment sheet and sent to media center to use program. Upon completion of program, student would return assignment sheet to teacher for evaluation and follow-up. This would be an excellent program for correlating vocabulary from other subject areas. Program provides an excellent means for classroom teacher to enter his or her own list of spelling or other words in which review of spelling is needed. Students find the format very motivational. It is very easy to enter a list of words. MAJOR STRENGTHS: The program is simple to use, especially entering a list of the teacher's choosing. The program is appealing to students. It has many possibilities for use in all subject areas. Input of the teacher's own words into program is allowed, making the program very relevant. It is very easy to enter a list of words. Appropriate clues are available to assist students having difficulty. The letters are large and easy to read. A review of the word list is provided before the activity begins. MAJOR WEAKNESSES: None cited. EVALUATION SUMMARY: Evaluators indicate they would use or recommend use of this package with little or no change. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers: Apple II; Courseware Evaluation; Microcomputer Software and Info for Teachers; PF Project; Software Evaluation; Software Reviews
Note: In its: MicroSIFT Courseware Evaluations (1-87), 1982. See ED 226 765.