ERIC Number: ED238061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Developing Computer Software for Use in the Speech/Comunications Classroom.
Krauss, Beatrice J.
Appropriate software can turn the microcomputer from the dumb box into a teaching tool. One resource for finding appropriate software is the organization Edunet. It allows the user to access the mainframe of 18 major universities and has developed a communications network with 130 colleges. It also handles billing, does periodic software evaluations, has consultants who keep track of developments at member colleges, runs workshops, puts out a newsletter, and passes on requests for specific types of software by means of an electronic bulletin board. A second resource is the Blue Book series, which lists available software and hardware. Each entry contains a short description, a recommended age for software users, the supplier's address and phone number, and the price. These resources, together, show several of the uses of computers in the classroom: understanding through demonstrations and simulation, and programmed presentation of material. Other aids for the communication arts include statistics, word processing, and typesetting graphics programs. A more recent development in software is human speech synthesis. One program, Software Automatic Mouth, can translate text to phonemes or phonemes to text. One should be cautioned, however, never to buy software that has neither a backup copy nor the ability to be copied. It is also helpful to examine documentation. No longer are computers giant behemoths. As these resources suggest, they may be useful teaching tools. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Blue Book Series; Edunet; Software Automatic Mouth
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).