ERIC Number: ED249928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Educational Software Tools: Designing a Text Editor for Children. Technical Report No. 8.
Kurland, D. Midian
An overview of the research and design process that led to the creation of the Bank Street word processing program for children is reported. The decision to create a word processor for the classroom was based on the findings that commercially available programs took too long to learn, required the memorization of too many commands or rules, had difficult-to-read screen displays, and made editing so clumsy that the whole point of using the word processor to revise text was lost. The design team established a set of design principles: no control commands would be used; there would be comprehensive screen prompts; the display would allow upper and lower case letters; and no hardware modifications or additions would be needed in order for the program to run on a typical school computer system. Functions that the program would and would not need to carry out were identified. The design of the program serves as a starting point for a general discussion of desirable features and design characteristics for good educational software. Specific points covered include how to design educational tools and the features these tools and their manuals should have. (Author/THC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983). For related document, see IR 011 340.