ERIC Number: ED232625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
My First Alphabet. 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: Atari APX-20083. PRODUCER: Atari, Inc., 60 E. Plumeria, P.O. Box 50047, San Jose, California 95050. EVALUATION COMPLETED: September 1982 by the staff and constituents of the Capital Children's Museum. Their evaluation is partly based on observation of student use of the package. COST: $34.95. ABILITY LEVEL: Pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. SUBJECT: Alphabet and number recognition. MEDIUM OF TRANSFER: 5-1/4" flexible disk. REQUIRED HARDWARE: Atari 800 with 24K ram, Atari 810 disk drive, monitor or television. REQUIRED SOFTWARE: Atari Basic (cartridge). INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE: Remediation, standard instruction, enrichment, assessment. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES: Drill and practice, tutorial, information retrieval, game, learning management, pattern recognition. DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE: Supplementary materials include: suggested grade/ability level(s), instructional objectives, sample program output, program operating instructions, and teacher's information. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES (Stated): To teach the alphabet and numbers in a pleasing fashion by means of association. INSTRUCTIONAL PREREQUISITES (Inferred): The ability to manipulate the computer system, especially the keyboard. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE: "My First Alphabet" serves as a remedial reinforcement as well as a number and alphabet learning program. The package provides optional selections for the user, depending on how the program is used. Users may select prompts or answers. ESTIMATED STUDENT TIME REQUIRED: Thirty minutes to one hour per day. POTENTIAL USES: The package is appropriate for group work in the classroom or for home use. For children just beginning to use the program, a great deal of adult supervision will be needed. The program is quite noisy and could disturb children working on other projects nearby. MAJOR STRENGTHS: 1. The graphics are excellent, 2. The sound rewards are varied, 3. The program relies on association to teach, rather than on drill, 4. The program is stimulating and enjoyable. MAJOR WEAKNESSES: 1. A letter or number should be drawn before its picture is presented so that children have enough time to study its shape, 2. Motion of graphics and prompts across the screen should be from left to right to encourage children with Dyslexia to read in that direction, 3. If the program were used wih a voice synthesizer, children would not have to depend on an adult to be sitting with them, 4. The disk is required at most times in the program, 5. Exit from the program is only possible at the end of each presentation or respond, which renders the documentation pointless. EVALUATION SUMMARY: 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.