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ERIC Number: ED259306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-18
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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A Public Domain Software Library for Reading and Language Arts.
Balajthy, Ernest
A three-year project carried out by the Microcomputers and Reading Committee of the New Jersey Reading Association involved the collection, improvement, and distribution of free microcomputer software (public domain programs) designed to deal with reading and writing skills. Acknowledging that this free software is not without limitations (poor documentation, poor spelling and grammar, etc.), the committee nevertheless felt that most teachers would be more than happy to have these diskettes available for their students. As a result, the project began with a survey of the availability of public domain software and location of sources. Programs were stored on master diskettes in the categories of reading/literature, teacher utilities, content areas, writing, and thinking activities. The next stage involved the evaluation and screening of the programs that had been collected. Programs that were unsuitable were discarded. All programs identified as appropriate were then field tested by computer-using teachers in New Jersey public schools. At the same time, a documentation set was drawn up and duplicated. Reprograming and modification of the software began when the reports on field testing arrived. Future plans call for the creation of content area diskettes, diskettes for teaching writing, and a diskette of thinking games. (A list of programs on each diskette and documentation for some of the programs are appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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