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ERIC Number: ED348974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Utilizing Technology: A Decision To Enhance Instruction.
Vanasco, Lourdes C.
This review of the literature describes a number of ways in which microcomputers are being used to improve instruction. A discussion of types of software being used in instructional settings focuses primarily on the use of word processing programs by both instructors and students in writing. Descriptions of types of computer software that may be used in language learning include computer-assisted language learning (CALL) software; word processing for improving writing skills; software packages designed to improve grammar; and spreadsheets and other software that can be used to create graphs, charts, and slides to enhance oral presentations. The use of spreadsheets in financial and managerial analyses is also described, as well as the attributes and capabilities that make the computer an effective tool in teaching foreign languages. Several computer simulation games that are being used in management courses to facilitate decision making and a decision support system software package are then reviewed. A discussion of artificial intelligence highlights the development of the Expert Knowledge-Based System to help students learn management decision making skills for strategic planning in business. Advantages of online database systems and compact disks for instructors and researchers are briefly described, and a potential role for videodisks in libraries is indicated. Several ways in which schoolwork experiences with computers can be improved are suggested, and software packages that can be used in evaluating courses are briefly described. In conclusion, instructors are urged to encourage their students to exploit the tools that will increase their intellectual capabilities. Contains 26 endnotes. (ALF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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