ERIC Number: ED413182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
SSRP: Software for Problem Solving and Inquiry in Grades K-4. Ohio SchoolNet. ENC Focus.
Harris, Julia, Ed.
ENC Focus, spec iss 1997
The number and range of instructional resources in mathematics and science education can be overwhelming to educators. The chief mission of The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC) is to help educators sort through the confusion by identifying relevant resources such as print materials, software, kits, and videos at the K-12 level. After locating the appropriate materials, educators then face a difficult question: "How should I choose among the materials that I have identified?". To help answer this question the SchoolNet Software Review Project (SSRP) has created an evaluation process, established a cadre of expert teacher evaluators throughout Ohio, and compiled a database of results. SSRP reviews software including CD-ROMs and laserdiscs for K-4 classrooms using protocols developed by teachers and SSRP staff. These protocols measure the quality of products in relation to current national and state of Ohio standards as well as in terms of the product's capacity to promote problem solving and inquiry. Four basic questions are devised for educators to ask as they assess how the software engages learning: (1) "What do students learn through the software?"; (2) "How do students learn with the software?"; (3) "What are the technical characteristics of the software?"; and (4) "What are the characteristics of the types of assessment provided by the software?". This report presents the results of the evaluation of 127 mathematics and science software programs. Thirty items were chosen to provide a balanced sampling of reviewed titles in terms of Average SSRP Score, price, and grade level and are presented by emphasizing their availability, an abstract describing the product, SSRP evaluators' comments, and system requirements. (ASK)
Descriptors: Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Inquiry, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Science Education
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1079; e-mail: email@example.com
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination.; Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, Columbus, OH.