ERIC Number: ED232624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Letter Recognition. 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: 3.3. PRODUCER: Hartley Courseware, Inc., Box 431, Dimondale, Michigan 48821. EVALUATION COMPLETED: January 1983 at the North Clackamas School District, Milwaukie, Oregon, and at Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Portland, Oregon. COST: $26.95. ABILITY LEVEL: Preschool through grade 1. SUBJECT: Language Arts. TOPIC: Reading. MEDIUM OF TRANSFER: 5-1/4" flexible disk. REQUIRED HARDWARE: Apple II, 48K, 1 disk drive, monitor, printer (optional). REQUIRED SOFTWARE: Applesoft, DOS 3.3 or 3.2. INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE: Standard instruction. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES: Instructional management, drill and practice, tutorial. DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE: In program--student's instructions. In supplementary materials--suggested grade/ability level(s), instructional objectives, program operating instructions, and teacher's information. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: (STATED) Given a letter (upper or lower case) on the screen, the student will match it with the letter on the keyboard. Given a number written in words, the student will type the numeral. Objectives are stated more precisely in the manual. INSTRUCTIONAL PREREQUISITES: (STATED) The students need to know the difference on the keyboard between the letter 'O' and the digit '0', and the letter 'l' and the digit '1'. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE: The student is presented with capital letters, lower case letters or digits 1-9 and must match them by pressing the corresponding letter or digit from the keyboard. Other options give the word name of a number and the student is to type the numeral. Incorrect responses cause no change in the display, but error is stored in student planning file. This file is displayed at the end of the exercise, or may be displayed later on the screen or on the printer. POTENTIAL USES: This package is most appropriate for use with individual students. MAJOR STRENGTHS: This package is good drill and practice for the age group and is a good way to get young students familiar with the keyboard. The record keeping for students is a strong point in that it tells not only how many were missed, but exactly what was missed. MAJOR WEAKNESSES: The graphics are repetitive and would get tiresome quickly. The rewards are not particularly exciting, and would seem not to be a motivator in themselves. EVALUATION SUMMARY: The evaluators indicate 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.