ERIC Number: ED246845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Computers in Elementary and Secondary Education.
Heuston, Dustin H.
Some emerging patterns in educational computing permit speculation about future trends in educational computer hardware, software, and applications. Ultimately, three types of hardware units will be used by schools: professional systems, personal computers (microcomputers), and a new generation of inexpensive personal computers that can be attached to color television sets or to their own small screens. Courseware development has been hampered by high costs and the tendency of developers to write small bits of curriculum to fit the limited potential of small systems. Significant courseware may be developed by new types of corporations with the ability to build specialized systems and to hire educational specialists to write materials. Software important to successful educational computing also includes the operating system, authoring systems, computer languages, and administrative software. Current successful educational uses of the computer include programs involving computer managed instruction, drill and practice, the concept of helps, direct instruction, cognitive diagnosis, the use of games, simulations, learner profiles, computers as a teaching language, computer literacy programs, writing and word processing programs, and administrative programs. The ultimate instructional device, however, will result from connecting a videodisc player with one of the powerful new microcomputers. (LMM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: WICAT, Inc., Orem, UT.