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Children Software Evaluation Tool

Children Software Evaluation Tool

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Published by ONECITIZEN NETWORK
Evaluation instrument to assess the learning and usability values of a computer software
Evaluation instrument to assess the learning and usability values of a computer software

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Published by: ONECITIZEN NETWORK on Apr 04, 2010
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Children's Software Evaluation Instrument
 
© 1998 Children's Technology Review
 
I. Ease of Use (Can a child can use it with minimal help?)
 
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S. E. N. N.A.
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S. E. N N.A.
Skills needed to operate the program are in range of the childChildren can use the program independently after the first useAccessing key menus is straightforwardReading ability is not prerequisite to using the programGraphics make sense to the intended userPrinting routines are simpleIt is easy to get in or out of any activity at any pointGetting to the first menu is quick and easyControls are responsive to the touchWritten materials are helpfulInstructions can be reviewed on the screen, if necessaryChildren know if they make a mistakeIcons are large and easy to select with a moving cursorInstallation procedure is straightforward and easy to do
 
II. Childproof (Is it designed with "child-reality" in mind?)
 
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Survives the "pound on the keyboard" testOffers quick, clear, obvious response to a child?s actionThe child has control over the rate of displayThe child has control over exiting at any timeThe child has control over the order of the displayTitle screen sequence is brief or can be bypassedWhen a child holds a key down, only one input is sent to the computerFiles not intended for children are safeChildren know when they've made a mistakeThis program would operate smoothly in a home or classroom setting
 
III. Educational (What can a child learn from this program?)
 
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Offers a good presentation of one or more content areasGraphics do not detract from the program's educational intentionsFeedback employs meaningful graphic and sound capabilitiesSpeech is usedThe presentation is novel with each useGood challenge range (this program will grow with the child)Feedback reinforces content (embedded reinforcements are used)Program elements match direct experiencesContent is free from gender biasContent is free from ethnic biasA child's ideas can be incorporated into the programThe program comes with strategies to extend the learningThere is a sufficient amount of content
 

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