ERIC Number: ED232640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Volcanoes. 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: 1.4E. PRODUCER: Earthware Computer Services, P.O. Box 30039, Eugene, OR 07403. EVALUATION COMPLETED: June 1982 by staff of NWREL and constituents of the Alaska Department of Education. COST: $49.50. ABILITY LEVEL: Secondary and College. SUBJECT: Earth Sciences/Geology: Volcanoes. MEDIUM OF TRANSFER: 5 1/4" flexible disk. REQUIRED HARDWARE: Apple II or Apple II Plus, one disk drive, a color monitor or TV with RF modulator (a B & W will work). REQUIRED SOFTWARE: Applesoft, DOS 3.3. INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSE: Standard instruction and enrichment. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES: Game/simulation. DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE: In computer program: program operating instructions, student's instructions. In supplementary materials: instructional objectives, sample program output, program operation instructions, pretest, posttest, teacher's information, resource/reference information, student's instructions, student worksheets, follow-up activities, glossary of terms. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: The program teaches volcanic terminology, the types of volcanoes, methods and results of remote sensing surveys, interpretation of bar graphs, keeping careful records and interpretation of scientific observations. INSTRUCTIONAL PREREQUISITES: Knowledge of the terms included in the documentation; knowledge of the various methods of surveying a volcanic region. This information is included in the documentation. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE: Package consists of two diskettes, two Blue Books (user reference manuals), two sets of reproducible maps and one teacher's manual. Two to three players are assigned areas on a map by the computer. Each player is assigned a research fund and skill level. Players must conduct simulated scientific surveys, such as infrared scans, of their areas and predict volcanic eruptions. Players keep records, dispense a research budget, plan research strategies and evaluate research results. ESTIMATED STUDENT TIME REQUIRED: Two to four hours. POTENTIAL USES: Volcanoes could be used to supplement a high school geology or earth science class which covers volcanism. The package could also be used with advanced upper elementary and junior high school students. The teacher would need to provide students with adequate background information and time in order to successfully complete the simulation game. MAJOR STRENGTHS: The background information and instructor's manual are very well written. A pretest, posttest and helpful bibliography are included. Volcanoes allows the student to simulate the role of a volcanologist and provides insight into the role of a research scientist and the science of volcanology. MAJOR WEAKNESSES: Students had some difficulty learning what to do to successfully predict an eruption. It would be helpful to have the computer print a list of current conditions, i.e., gases, recent seismic activity, location of hot spots, etc. This would give student more of an opportunity to get a "feel" for expected eruptions. 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.