ERIC Number: ED241940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Taking a Hard Look at Software. What about Wimpy Software?
Much of the computer software currently available for English teachers fails to assess adequately computer strengths and weaknesses. Labeled "wimpy software," these products are often little more than animated textbooks whose lesson formats exercise little higher-order reasoning. The future for good quality software, therefore, rests with English teachers themselves. By using existing authoring systems and word processor programs, English teachers can create their own lessons. Apple's Super Pilot, for example, presents a respectable menu of options for presenting interactive lessons, for tallying results, and for augmenting these lessons with graphics in a range of colors. With this disk package, teachers can create lessons in grammar and usage, reading comprehension, simple composition skills, or even literary backgrounding. Word processing programs such as the Bank Street Writer make it easy to compose lessons in free writing story completions, creating suitable writing styles, word substitutions, definitions, and sentence expansions and combinings. Another potential area of computer use may be seen in composition tutorial programs that use artificial intelligence techniques to develop worthwhile interactivity between writer and computer. With these three aids English teachers can learn to create their own floppy-disk factory. (HOD)
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Authoring Aids (Programing), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, English Instruction, Language Arts, Literature Appreciation, Microcomputers, Program Improvement, Reading Comprehension, Teacher Developed Materials, Teacher Role, Word Processing, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (73rd, Denver, CO, November 18-23, 1983).