ERIC Number: ED244820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Arithmetic 400. A Computer Educational Program.
"ARITHMETIC 400" is the first of the next generation of educational programs designed to encourage thinking about arithmetic problems. Presented in video game format, performance is a measure of correctness, speed, accuracy, and fortune as well. Play presents a challenge to individuals at various skill levels. The program, run on an Apple microcomputer with 64K, is designed for use in elementary, junior, and senior high schools; little or no supervision is required. Now in use in some schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the program, with its emphasis upon bigger numbers, decimal and position, does not fall into one to one correspondence with the traditional classroom. Therefore, the history of the traditional classroom is reviewed, stressing those events which have shaped its structure, showing why it has run its course, and why the time for change is now. The use of and reactions to the program in an elementary school setting is then described. It is pointed out that "ARITHMETIC 400" (which sets aside paper and pencil dependency, stressing numbers to remember and think about) is not only a game but also a tool for teaching mathematics and creative thinking. (JN)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Computer Oriented Programs, Conventional Instruction, Courseware, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Program Descriptions
The computer program, Arithmetic 400, is available from Irvin Whiteman, 16804 Severo Place, Encino, CA 91436 ($42.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Spring Conference of Computer Using Educators (4th, Southern California, May 17-19, 1984).