ERIC Number: ED237064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Educational Software: A Guide to Guides.
Jones, Nancy Baker, Ed.; Vaughan, Larry, Ed.
This guide suggests processes for making informed software selection, describes several prominent software evaluation models, raises key issues in the software selection process, and provides information on a variety of print and organizational resources. The first section, featuring an article by Henry F. Olds, Jr., "Evaluating the Evaluation Schemes," presents several key principles for educators to consider in software evaluation. The second section contains brief summaries of ten software evaluation models from organizations representing both non-profit, cooperative systems, and private companies: (1) MicroSIFT (Microcomputer Software and Information for Teachers); (2) EPIE (Educational Products Information Exchange) and Consumers Union; (3) "School Microware Reviews"; (4)"Courseware Report Card"; (5) Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC); (6) SOFTSWAP (San Mateo Educational Resources Center); (7) CONDUIT; (8) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; (9) Scholastic Book Services; and (10) "Electronic Learning." Several of the summaries describe overall strategies for software evaluation, procedures, criteria, and rating systems. The third section includes sample software reviews that show the results of applying criteria and ratings on various dimensions of educational software. The final section provides several resource lists focusing on various aspects of software availability and evaluation. The listings include books, journal articles, periodicals, directories, and other resources. (LMM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.; Northeast Regional Exchange, Inc., Chelmsford, MA.