ERIC Number: ED207651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
An APPLE a Day Will Keep the Text Away! or Using Microcomputers in Elementary Algebra.
Three applications of microcomputers in Elementary Algebra instruction are described. The paper first discusses a program developed to help students explore the basic algebraic concept of linearity. Text and illustrations show how students can use the computer to visualize the conceptual relationship of slope and intercept, until they can accurately predict a graph given an equation. Alternative options for students who have difficulty formulating questions or experimenting are mentioned. Next, the paper considers the value of computer-generated quizzes in mastery courses where students are retested until they meet a prescribed criterion. The paper explains that computer programs, made up of a control and response evaluation program and a library of subroutines, can generate an infinite number of similar quizzes. Finally, the use of computer-directed video tutorials is considered. After noting that the possibility of computer tutorials is affected by the time involved in developing dynamic and instructive displays, the paper argues for combining the image and sound capabilities of video with the response processing and control capabilities of the computer. Finally, the paper briefly explains how the student can use an APPLE computer in conjunction with a video cassette recorder. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cuyamaca Coll., El Cajon, CA.