ERIC Number: ED337143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
"Click on the Clock": Formative Research in the Development of Mathematics Software for Young Children. Report No. 90-1. Reports and Papers in Progress.
Char, Cynthia A.
This paper presents a three-phase model of how formative evaluation research can inform the design of educational computer software products. Used as an illustrative case is a program of formative research conducted on "The Talking Clock," a computer assisted instructional software product designed to help children in kindergarten through second grade learn about clocks and time. This paper discusses how the formative evaluation addressed design and interaction issues including students' prior learning, formulation of learning activities, design of icons and the functioning of graphic objects, choice of mouse vs. touch screen as an input device, and classroom usability. Also addressed were such issues of classroom management as how well teachers could track students' progress, monitor their problem solving with the software, and assess their learning. (8 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Courseware, Formative Evaluation, Interaction, Learning Activities, Microcomputers, Models, Primary Education, Prior Learning, Problem Solving
Center for Learning Technology, Education Development Center, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02160 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. Center for Learning Technology.