Saturday, June 04, 2005

Reaction to Chapter 12 of Computer Education for Teachers

Who knew that BASIC meant "Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction"? Again, this chapter features many explanations of necessary aspects of Computer Assisted Instruction and is useful for the differentation between different types of learning software approaches (i.e. "simulation" vs. "drill and practice" programs). After visiting the selected websites, I thought there would be more information about software and websites for special education, but there was only the one paragraph. The main focus of the chapter, integrating software is an area that I have great prior interest in, because it has also been my focus in the classroom for some time. I make use of both commercially produced software specifically for ESL as well as general application programs such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint as teaching tools for my students on a daily basis. It's important to be familiar with both general types and this chapter does a good job of discussing both types of software.

1 comment:

molokwu said...

I agree with your comments on technology and intergrating it into the classroom. I now understand and know that there are some many different softwares for educational use , curriculum and special education. Every application works through different layers in the computer to get to the hardware and perform the desired result. It is important to note and understand the differences amonge types of softwares. There are is much more application software to chose from from hopefully the instructor will determine and make a good chose.