ERIC Number: ED253882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Computerized Personal Comments for Student Discourse.
Pedersen, Elray L.
COMMENTS is a computer program written in Basic language for an IBM PC and a file which stores observations and questions and prints teacher comments on a personalized comment sheet produced for each student paper, mostly by using three-letter codes. To use the program, the teacher first reads the student paper, noting spelling errors and needed improvements, asking questions, and commenting briefly. The teacher next considers strengths and weaknesses and then inserts the COMMENTS floppy disk into the disk drive of the computer and tells the computer to run the program. In COMMENTS, 12 different attributes of student writing form the core for possible comments--purpose, content, organization, thesis, unity, clarity, mechanics, grammar and usage, development, paragraphing, word choices, and overall effectiveness. In addition, a letter grade can be printed along with the comments. If the teacher wants to write something to a student that is not stored in the computer program, he or she can simply type 998, a code that causes the computer to write as a typewriter. With COMMENTS there are time and space enough to praise and commend, to strengthen and reinforce, to point out the effective, and to indicate the inappropriate.(HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Computer Programs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (74th, Detroit, MI, November 16-21, 1984).