ERIC Number: ED235798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
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Instructional Use of the Microcomputer: Personal Experiences.
McDannold, Thomas A.
The purpose of the paper is to address the instructional use of the microcomputer at the community college level. Specific attention is given to two principal types of microcomputer instructional use: computer managed instruction and computer assisted instruction (CAI). Five computer managed instruction applications are discussed: (1) the word processor for the generation of tests, outlines, syllabuses, and manuscripts; (2) the spelling checker for faster typing and the elimination of errors; (3) record keeping programs for assisting in classroom attendance and grade maintenance functions; (4) the file system for storing student data, course bibliographies, and research activities; and (5) graphing programs for the creation of graphs for classroom use. Following a brief discussion of self-authored and purchased courseware, three forms of CAI are discussed: drill and practice, tutorial, and simulation. The paper warns that certain conditions can be anticipated when using computer assisted instruction, such as lack of typing skills and fear of microcomputers by some students. The importance of the number of students and the structure of a team assigned to a microcomputer is emphasized. Eleven conclusions are listed, followed by appendices containing a sample grade sheet, a sample classroom graph, a list of courseware review sources, and a list of earth science courseware. (LH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
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