ERIC Number: ED255647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec-21
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Software for Forestry Technology Curricula. Final Report.
Watson, Roy C.; Scobie, Walter R.
Since microcomputers are being used more and more frequently in the forest products industry in the Pacific Northwest, Green River Community College conducted a project to search for BASIC language computer programs pertaining to forestry, and when possible, to adapt such software for use in teaching forestry technology. The search for applicable software was conducted via telephone solicitation of local forestry organizations, and through a written survey distributed to forestry instructors at 13 schools in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and British Columbia. Through these means, 52 forestry-related programs were found that may be applicable for teaching forestry technology. However, many of these duplicate subject material and function, many are for surveying only, and there is a problem of compatability among computers. Five programs were prepared by the principal investigator and student programmers; two of these programs were modifications of existing programs contributed by public agencies, while three were the original design or a major revision by the investigator. All of the programs run only on an Apple II+ or IIe with 3.3 DOS. The project conclusion was that the most efficient way to create programs was by having student programmers work with a teacher, rather than by having the forestry teacher learn enough programming to create such programs. (A catalog of available programs applicable to forestry technology, along with extensive descriptions of the five programs created by the project, are included in this report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Green River Community Coll., Auburn, WA.