ERIC Number: ED209165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Computers in the Social Studies Classroom. How to Do It Series, Series 2, No. 14.
Diem, Richard A.
Designed to introduce social studies teachers to computers and to suggest ideas for their potential applications in social studies classrooms, this booklet is arranged in various sections. One section describes the origins of the modern computer, another defines computer terminology, and two sections explain computer hardware and computer software. Another section discusses three major ways in which computers are being used in schools. The first is computer assisted educational management systems which are designed to provide the evaluation of entering students, prescription formulating, individualization of instruction, record keeping, curriculum development, and evaluation. Second, computer assisted instruction (CAI) is being widely used. Drill and practice, tutorial help, simulations, inquiry modes (these allow students to ask questions within the context of the lesson), problem solving, and computerized games are common varieties of CAI. And third, computers are being used in what is called computer assisted learning. Students use the computer as an aid in solving problems, reviewing, and evaluating their progress. The booklet discusses training teachers to use a computer. Instructional software for teachers is cited. A sample lesson, "Election Projections," for using computers in the social studies classroom is provided. The booklet ends with a discussion of what the future holds. The results of a national survey to assess the use of computers in public elementary and secondary schools are also provided. A bibliography is included. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computers, Definitions, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Teacher Education
National Council for the Social Studies, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20016 ($1.50, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.