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ERIC Number: ED349936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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The Historical Evolution of Educational Software.
Troutner, Joanne
This paper establishes the roots of computers and automated teaching in the field of psychology and describes Dr. S. L. Pressey's presentation of the teaching machine; B. F. Skinner's teaching machine; Meyer's steps in composing a program for the automated teaching machine; IBM's beginning research on automated courses and the development of the 1500 instructional system; Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operation (PLATO); the 1970s, the era of the microchip, the microcomputer, computer assisted instruction, interactive video programs, computer simulations, and tool software; and the 1980s and 1990s refinement of the software and the development of CD-ROM. The development of two software companies, Sunburst Communications and Tom Snyder Productions, is used to explain the maturation process of simulation software. Several future trends are identified: (1) the use of multimedia will expand rapidly; (2) the use of telecommunications will explode; (3) preservice teacher education programs will change to supply new teachers with the capabilities to make effective use of available technology; (4) the collapse of educational software publishers into fewer companies will continue; and (5) students will benefit from the infusion of technology into the educational process. (Contains 11 references.) (ALF)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Sunburst Communications; Tom Snyder Productions