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ERIC Number: ED227514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Computers in English: Is There Another Way?
Auten, Anne; Standiford, Sally
The ease of developing lower level computer software and the lack of specified rules or procedures in many areas of the language arts curriculum are largely responsible for the less than ideal quality of software currently available and the dominance of drill and practice programs. To take advantage of the more advanced tutorial programs that do exist, English teachers need either enough experience with computerized interactive instruction to judge for themselves or a reliable source of software reviews. Until now, developers have been designing lessons that focus on easily computerized topics, without a broad perspective on the instruction needed for a comprehensive teaching unit. Teachers should look closely at what they are teaching and then decide what aspects of that content can be computerized instead of just looking at what is available from commercial software publishers and then "fitting it in." The first step is defining what aspects of a course's content have specific, identifiable traits that can be modelled on a computer. Lessons that demand genuine open-ended input would be tremendously difficult to write, but similar lessons that offer students a choice among a limited number of answers could be used to teach such things as plot development or skimming. (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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