ERIC Number: ED227823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Your Basic Guide to Micro-Computers: A Primer.
Olivero, James L.
Intended for administrators or teachers with no prior knowledge of microcomputer applications in education, this document answers frequently asked questions about microcomputers focusing specifically on the use of microcomputers for computer assisted instruction (CAI), drill and practice, and instructional games. Background information covers functions of the microcomputer, educational issues, computer literacy, ways of introducing the topic of computers and applications to educators, a 6-step change process for implementing CAI, and barriers working against instructional uses of computers. Microcomputer hardware is discussed briefly, with emphasis on purchasing considerations, types of systems available, and compatibility. The software section contains a discussion of practical issues relating to software for microcomputers, a format for describing software, descriptions of commercial and public domain programs, instruments to evaluate software effectiveness, a sample program that has been evaluated, and resources for additional information. A list of sample questions which should be addressed by potential users, a glossary, and a 4-item bibliography are provided. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Programs, Evaluation Criteria, Glossaries, Guides, Input Output Devices, Instructional Materials, Microcomputers, Purchasing
Micro-Computer Center, San Mateo County Office of Education, 333 Main St., Redwood City, CA 94063 ($3.50 per copy for members, $4.50 for non-members).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Mateo Office of Education, Redwood City, CA.