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ERIC Number: ED310056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-3
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Australian Courseware in Geographical Education.
Lidstone, John G.; Gerber, Rod
Students pursuing Australian studies should be given every possible opportunity to work with materials produced in Australia. There is a substantial and growing list of good curriculum software written within Australia and from an Australian perspective which can add interest and excitement to Australian geography classrooms. Computers can be used to help students learn information and develop skills. Two simulations that focus on developing map skills are "The Great Australian Car Rally" and "Dirigible." Programs such as "Solar House"; "Bush Rescue"; and "Climate" teach a range of fundamental principles and then give students the opportunity to apply those principles to situations in which a clearly defined "right answer" can be observed. "The Farming Game"; "Pisces"; and "The Isle of What?" require students to consider geographic factors when planning land use to arrive at the "best possible outcome" for the computerized simulations. "Australia--A Profile"; "Enter Geography"; "Home Town"; "One World Data Base"; "People Pyramids"; "Disasters"; and "The Great Disaster Data Base" are all database programs related to the study of Australia. "Industrial Location" and similar software packages are spreadsheet programs that allow for analysis of geographic data. These programs, and others like them, can help to brighten our classrooms and draw the attention of our students to aspects of Australian geography. Information on the developers of the highlighted software is provided, as are print images of the screens of some programs. (GEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia