ERIC Number: ED232636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Word Families. 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: 1981. PRODUCER: Hartley Courseware, Inc., Box 431, Dimondale, Michigan 48821. EVALUATION COMPLETED: January, 1983 at the Clackamas County ESD in Milwaukie, Oregon. COST: $29.95. ABILITY LEVEL: Pre-school through grade 2. 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: Remediation, standard instruction, assessment. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUE: Authoring, drill and practice. DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE: In supplementary materials--instructional objectives, sample program output, program operating instructions, teacher's information, student's instructions. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVE: (STATED) To provide drill and practice for elementary students in grades 1-2 in the areas of beginning consonants, ending consonants and median vowels. INSTRUCTIONAL PREREQUISITES: None stated. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE: The student is presented with a TV screen and a word with a letter underlined. There are several other single letters presented. If one of those letters selected by a student makes a new word, it appears on the TV screen. The stimulus remains until all correct choices are made, then goes on to the next word and letters. Student planning/record keeping is included. Teacher can also create their own lessons. POTENTIAL USES: This package is most appropriate for use with individuals or small groups. MAJOR STRENGTHS: It is easy to operate once the student knows what to expect. The capability in this program for the teacher to author appropriate material for students is a real plus! By following directions in program and reading documentation carefully, the process is very easy. 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: Uses the same visual display for all lessons and could be monotonous. Students would have to be told what clues to look for to know it is time to move on. For example, if they have not made all choices possible, the computer will wait--and wait. No directions are given to students on screen. The rewards are not particularly exciting, and would seem not to be a motivator in themselves. 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.