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ERIC Number: ED232639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Circulation (Organs). 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: Micro Power and Light Company, Keystone Park, Suite 1108, 13773 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243. LOCAL DISTRIBUTORS: Contact producer for list. EVALUATION COMPLETED: Fall 1981. VERSION: Apple II. COST: $29.95. ABILITY LEVEL: Grades 5-12. SUBJECT: Science: human circulatory system. MEDIUM OF TRANSFER: 5" flexible disk. REQUIRED HARDWARE: 32K Apple II Plus, one disk drive, color monitor. REQUIRED SOFTWARE: DOS 3.2, Applesoft. INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE: Standard instruction, enrichment. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES: Drill and practice, tutorial, game. DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE: Suggested grade/ability level, instructional objectives, program operating instructions, teacher's information. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: To teach the functions of the organs of the circulatory system. INSTRUCTIONAL PREREQUISITES: Teacher should go through the instructional cycle with the student prior to using. Students need a 3rd grade reading ability and some instruction in health or science at Grades 3 or 4. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE: The program teaches the functions of the heart, blood, arteries, capillaries, veins and lungs. The student has a choice of three instructional modes: tutorials with animated sequences, true-false quizzes and a time limit. Tutorial sequences are short and provide opportunities for the user to review the animations which are used to illustrate specific concepts. Tutorials include quizzes on previous lessons. ESTIMATED STUDENT TIME REQUIRED: Not available. POTENTIAL USES: The program could be used to review science or health related topics, or for free time enrichment. It may also be used effectively as a resource center activity where students rotate through stations, or it could be the focus of a class exercise with teams competing for points. MAJOR STRENGTHS: Computer responses are "friendly." Correct answer is given if student gives an incorrect answer. The program is designed for easy entry and exit. The student can bypass previously studied material. There is plenty of opportunity for review. User controls rate of learning. Content is segmented into small units. MAJOR WEAKNESSES: Use of blue color to represent lungs and cells that have received oxygen deviates from the usual color scheme. The option for students to play a game without going first to an instruction mode is presented too early. Students tend to go directly to the game option, later finding they cannot be successful if they skipped the instruction section. 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.