ERIC Number: ED186339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Use of the Portable Computer in Classroom Instruction.
McTeer, J. Hugh; Jackson, Barry N.
This paper describes a computer-assisted instruction program which was used in a senior high school local government course. In the fall of 1978, a contract was worked out between four senior American government students who were also studying fifth year mathematics. In return for writing a computer program on local government, which would count as 25 percent of the second nine weeks grade in both classes, the students were given some release time from regular classroom activities in both the government and the mathematics classes. Some homework was also suspended for these students. The program was written in basic computer language for a TR8-80 Radio Shack Level II computer. The particular data statements were designed to question students on local county government. The computer logic, however, could be used in any other subject area and the teacher would only have to develop different data statements to fit the different subject area. The data for the local government course consisted of 99 questions--33 questions each of multiple choice, true or false, and fill in the blank. The program was used in various ways. For example, individual students used the computer for remedial work. The program has also been used as a pretest of the student's knowledge of local government. The program provides direct feedback since incorrect responses are immediately noted, students are given correct answers, and students are given page numbers in the textbook when they need extra help and information. The program has increased student interest in the course. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Programs, Feedback, High School Seniors, Individualized Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Local Government, Mathematics, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Remedial Instruction, Secondary Education, Student Developed Materials, United States Government (Course)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
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