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    • Instructional Computer TECH2111 Dr. Alaa Sadik Instructional & Learning Technologies Department www.alaasadik.net [email_address]
    • Instructional Computer TECH2111 Lecture Three: Software Selection & Evaluation “ We shouldn't use computers or technology without thinking about how kids will learn! ” (Gardner, 1996)
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • 6. Software selection & evaluation
        • Based on the perspectives learned in Lecture 2, software must:
        • stimulate learner’s interest
        • enhance understanding and learning
        • encourage cooperative learning
        • be based on student’s experience
        • use appropriate visual and auditory stimulus
        • meet individual differences and types of intelligences
      Textbook: 106-114
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
        • Educational aspects
          • Accuracy
          • Appropriateness
          • Scope
        • Technical aspects
          • Navigation
          • Save/record-keeping Features
          • Presentation
          • Quality
        • Documentation
          • Technical information
          • Teacher's guide
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
      • Accuracy
        • Error-free information.
        • Current information.
        • Objective, balanced presentation of information.
        • Bias-free viewpoints and images.
        • Balanced representations of cultural, ethnic, and racial groups.
        • Correct use of grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
        • Appropriateness
        • Concepts and vocabulary relevant to students' abilities.
        • Information relevant to the curriculum.
        • Interaction compatible with the physical and intellectual maturity of intended audience.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
      • Scope
        • Information of sufficient scope to adequately cover the topic for the intended audience.
        • Logical progression of topics.
        • Variety of activities, with options for increasing complexity.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
      • Navigation
        • Rapid retrieval of information and screen transitions.
        • Intuitive icons, menus, and directional symbols that foster independent use.
        • Controllable pace, including options for stop/pause/exit
        • Controllable sound.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
      • Save/Record-Keeping Features
        • Options for printing/downloading text.
        • Save option for games or activities in progress.
        • Note-taking feature, when appropriate.
        • Record-keeping feature to monitor student progress.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
      • Presentation
        • Information presented in a manner to stimulate imagination and curiosity.
        • Use of appropriate and supportive feedback.
        • Options for help, tutorial segments.
        • Uncluttered screen displays.
        • Captions, labels, or legends for visuals.
        • Legible text and print size that is appropriate for the intended audience.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
      • Quality
        • Visuals relevant to the content.
        • Sound that is clearly understandable and consistent in quality and volume.
        • Sound and music that is relevant to screen displays.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
      • Technical Information
        • Descriptions of specific hardware requirements for operating the application.
        • Instructions for installation and operation.
        • Toll free technical support telephone number.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
      • Teacher's Guide
        • Description of target audience.
        • Summary of the contents of the application.
        • Instructional and/or behavioral objectives.
        • Suggestions for classroom use, lesson plans, related activities.
        • Support materials for student use, such as camera-ready worksheets and activity pages.
    • Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Computers
      • Evaluation guidelines for educational software
        • See Figure 4-10, p.114 for a sample software evaluation form.
    • Discussion & Conclusion