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ERIC Number: ED260561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How School Systems Should Purchase Microcomputers: The Software Evaluation Method.
Evans, Robert J.
The paper addresses three major concerns associated with incorporating microcomputers into educational settings: computer use, software selection, and hardware selection. Advantages of the computer in instructional settings are noted as well as its limitations. Staff is advised to select which of four applications is appropriate to their setting (the microcomputer as an object to be studied, as tool to help in one's work, as a teacher or tutor, and as a management tool). Software evaluation is considered in terms of external and internal evaluations. Practical aspects of hardware evaluation are offered, including costs and compatability. Five steps are outlined in the summary: (1) curricula needs must be identified; (2) a "goodness of fit" between identified needs and computer uses must be determined; (3) software which meets curricula needs must be identified; (4) identified software must be throughly evaluated; and (5) the application of basic consumer considerations should be used to purchase microcomputers and peripherals which will adequately run the selected software. A sample software evaluation form and a five-page reference list are appended. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A