ERIC Number: ED430544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Improving Secondary Practical Computer Skills: Logo Test Scores through Graphically Designed Computer Programs and Utilization of Multimedia and Technology.
Miller, Douglas S.
The intent of this project was to improve test and programming scores of 9th through 12th grade students enrolled in the Practical Computer Skills: Logo course in a north central Florida high school. An implementation program that demonstrated teacher-designed graphical computer language Logo programs, utilized multimedia techniques, and used modern computer technology was presented. The target group was a mixed secondary class of 22 students. This project was aimed at decreasing the failure percentage of students during the Logo section, as well as improving the test scores, programming assignments, and final course grade by stimulating interest and motivation, demonstrating and presenting detailed Logo programs, and utilizing technology. The overall objective of the course's Logo section was to expose students to a higher order of logical thinking skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving strategies, evaluation and analysis, and creativity. Nearly all of the project's objectives were met, with the target group improving dramatically in all areas. Appendices include: the Practical Computer Skills: Logo Pre/Post-Test; the Computer Programming Language Attitudinal Pre/Post-Survey; project pre/post-test results; a course report card; the Rubric Scale used for scoring the course final research paper; teacher-designed programs; handouts; and the final exam. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Graphics, Computer Science Education, Computer Uses in Education, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, High Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Pretests Posttests, Problem Solving, Programming, Programming Languages, Questionnaires, Scores, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Surveys, Teacher Developed Materials, Tests, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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