ERIC Number: ED232638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Odell Lake. MicroSIFT Courseware Evaluation.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THIS DOCUMENT (Except for the Evaluation Summary Table): PRODUCER: MECC Publications, 2520 Broadway Drive, St. Paul, MN 55113. LOCAL DISTRIBUTORS: Contact producer for list. EVALUATION COMPLETED: Fall 1981, revised February 1, 1982. VERSION: 4.3. COST: Varied; sold in package of several programs on a disk at $30 per disk, or available through institutional subscription. ABILITY LEVEL: Grades 4-10. SUBJECT: Science: biology/food chains. MEDIUM OF TRANSFER: 5" flexible disk. REQUIRED HARDWARE: 48K Apple II, one disk drive, monitor. REQUIRED SOFTWARE: DOS 3.2, Applesoft. INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE: Standard instuction, enrichment. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES: Simulation, problem solving. DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE: Suggested grade/ability level, instructional objectives, prerequisite activities, sample program run, program operating instructions, teacher's guide, teacher's resource guide, student worksheets, follow-up activities. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: Understand concept of food web; identify 1st, 2nd, 3rd order of consumers on web; explain role of each animal and indicate effects of man on lake and lake on man; define words related to food web. INSTRUCTIONAL PREREQUISITES: Program assumes that students have been introduced to food chains and webs and provided with definitions of necessary terms. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE: This is a simulation using the discovery approach. Students learn about food chains by assuming the identity of each fish in the lake and making choices about behavior. ESTIMATED STUDENT TIME REQUIRED: Not available. POTENTIAL USES: Depending on student's ability and background, the program could be used in a regular or accelerated classroom with small groups of students or with the entire class. MAJOR STRENGTHS: Students are given clear, immediate, and reinforcing feedback. Simulation activities appropriately involve students. Graphics are well done. MAJOR WEAKNESSES: None cited. EVALUATION SUMMARY: Evaluators indicate they would use or recommend use of package with little or no change. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.