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ERIC Number: ED258565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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What to Tell Parents about Microcomputers.
Maring, Gerald H.
Designed for use in helping parents to become familiar with their children's microcomputer needs, this guide addresses two important questions: whether parents should provide a computer in the home to assist children in their reading development, and which computer they should purchase. The answer to the first question is a simple yes, but the second is more complicated, and it is recommended that the parents utilize a three phase approach to computer purchases: education in computer terminology, formulation of questions to ask a computer salesperson, and an understanding of the necessity for continual updating of their computer education. To aid in the development of computer literacy, a microcomputer terminology matching quiz provides 23 key computer terms. Phase two presents five important factors for parents to consider before a purchase is made: (1) the brand microcomputer available to the child in school; (2) the availablity of appropriate educational software; (3) cost; (4) warranty, service, and dealer helpfulness; and (5) versatility of the microcomputer. A concluding list of nine suggestions provides hints for keeping children abreast of the microcomputer revolution, including information on computer magazines and books, computer camps, and resources for software evaluation. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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