ERIC Number: ED202476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-28
Reference Count: N/A
Preschool Children Use Apple II To Test Reading Skills Programs.
Piestrup, Ann McCormick
Fifty-five preschool children, ages three and four, used an Apple II microcomputer to learn reading readiness concepts of "above,""below,""left," and "right." Available during indoor play periods for three weeks at a nursery school on the Stanford University campus, the microcomputer was accepted enthusiastically by children, teachers, and parents as an activity center, and criterion tests on the four reading skill concepts showed that children improved after the 3-week period with the microcomputer. Color graphics, music, and voice response to keyboard inputs by the children were elements used in the program, and children evidenced considerable enjoyment using the computer. While the Apple was monitored at all times by a research assistant, the children soon learned how to operate it properly and how to take care of both the microcomputer and the diskettes used to run the program. (Author/BK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advanced Learning Technology, Portola Valley, CA.