ERIC Number: ED396274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Preparation of Teachers for Computer and Multimedia-Based Instruction in Literacy.
Recent developments in computer and multimedia technologies bring about the need to reconsider the education of today's teachers and future teachers and to update the technology-related content of literacy education coursework. "Application" software receives the most attention from researchers and theorists in literacy education. Use of application software in the classroom was highlighted in a variety of ways in a Microcomputers in Reading and Language Arts course. A new development pertinent to literacy education is the development of the "electronic book" (also called "interactive text"). Increased memory and processing capabilities for hardware has made possible the widespread use of digitized voice synthesis. Students in the course used both phonemic and digitized voice synthesis software. Another development is the introduction of interactive multimedia materials, which combine the capabilities of computers with such multimedia devices as CD-ROM and videodiscs. Students were consistently impressed with the entertainment value of "edutainment" software, but extremely dubious about their classroom usefulness. Students completed anonymous course evaluations at the end of the course. Students were pleased with continuous evaluation of the work, extensive exposure to software, instructor enthusiasm about computers, and the preparation of portfolios containing their work. They were less enthusiastic about "tangents" relating computer-based instruction to other educational issues, too brief instructor responses in dialogue journals, and the amount of time devoted to writing process groups. (Contains 12 references and 23 software references. Appendixes present the course syllabus, software evaluation form, small group assignments, and the final examination question.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Electronic Books; Multimedia Technology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (39th, Clearwater, FL, November 1-3, 1996).