ERIC Number: ED232621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Speed Reader. MicroSIFT Courseware Evaluation.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THIS DOCUMENT (Except for the Evaluation Summary Table): VERSION: Copyright 1981. PRODUCER: Davidson and Associates, 6069 Groveoak Place #12, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274. EVALUATION COMPLETED: January, 1983 by the Oakland ISD of Pontiac, Michigan. COST: $70.00. ABILITY LEVEL: Secondary. SUBJECT: Reading. MEDIUM OF TRANSFER: 5-1/4" flexible disk. REQUIRED HARDWARE: Apple II, 48K, single disk drive. REQUIRED SOFTWARE: DOS 3.3, Applesoft. INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE: Remediation, standard instruction. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUE: Drill and practice. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVE: (INFERRED) To increase reading speed. INSTRUCTIONAL PREREQUISITES: None. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE: Using program and data diskettes, the user is given various exercises designed to improve reading speed. Documentation summarizes disk program content for each exercise and prescribes passage through package. ESTIMATED STUDENT TIME REQUIRED: 30 minutes, twice a week. POTENTIAL USES: Using this package in the classroom is difficult since it requires a quiet atmosphere for concentration. However, it covers valuable reading skills (rate and efficiency) which are more easily taught via the computer than via the former tachistoscope. Speed reading is most appropriate for individual or small group usage, which makes it excellent for secondary students in a reading/study skills lab. The program can be used by average or above-average secondary students who wish to independently improve their reading rate and comprehension. With more teacher involvement and direction, remedial students could benefit from some of the drill exercises. MAJOR STRENGTHS: Once the learner understands the purpose and operation of the program, he/she can run it easily himself each time--no more teacher guidance would be needed to advance with the program. This program forces the learner to "keep up" better than a print speed reading program can. In other words, the learner cannot "cheat". The practices are to be limited to one per day (maximum time of 30 minutes) and as few as two sessions per week. Thus, boredom or "burn-out" probably will not occur. The package has good manual and user documentation. Its content is accurate and feedback on the student's progress is accurate and immediate. Exam units are included. MAJOR WEAKNESSES: The text selections are not motivational or plentiful. They are void of explanations and activities for adjusting speed/method of reading for specific content. EVALUATION SUMMARY: Evaluators indicated they would use or recommend use of this package with little or no change. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.