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Software Selection & Evaluation

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

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