• • • • Improved efficiency and productivity Improved appearance of product Better accuracy and timelines of information More support for interaction and sharing

Overview of software tool categories
Tool category Software tools Purposes and benefits

Materials generators Data collection and analysis tools
Graphic toolss Planning and organising tools Research and reference tools Content-area tools

• Desktop publishing software • Statistical packages
• Draw/paint program • Lesson planning software • Electronic encyclopedias • MIDI tools: music editors and sequencers

Create and use document, test, exercise Collect data from student: analyze data
Illustrate document Help organize ideas, plan and schedule activities Help students assigned topics Support tasks specific to content areas

Types of software support tools
• Materials generators- help teachers and students produce instructional materials. • Data collection and analysis tools- help teachers collect and organize information that indicates student progress. • Graphic tools- allow manipulation of images to illustrate documents and webpages.

support teaching and learning activities in various content areas. . atlases. • Research and reference tools. and communicate their ideas.let students look up information in electronic versions of encyclopedia. organize. • Content-area tools. and teachers and students conceptualize.• Planning and organizing tools.

PDA’s and cellphone. • Web-connectivity features • Software suites .Recent Developments in Software Support Tools • Netbooks.

Desktop Publishing Software. • More advanced layout features. • Allows pages to be viewed as separate units. • Offers more control over the design and production of a document.(classroom brochures & news letters). • Design elaborate printed products. .

. • Most effective. • DPS can be used for many of the same classroom activities and products as word processing software. • Increases self-esteem.Desktop Publishing Software.

.Test Generators & Rubric Generators Test generators • Teachers use test generators to create and enter questions. and then they have the program prepare the test.

Selection of questions based on criteria. Test item banks. Random generation of questions. .Advantages of test generators • • • • • Test creation & revision procedures. Answer keys.

• The teachers follows a set of prompts.Online Rubric generators. . and the system creates a rubric that can be printed out or referred to online.

• Prompts the teacher to enter questions of various kinds. Word search puzzles & similar game-like activities. • Puzzle generators – create crosswords.Worksheet & Puzzle Generators • Produces exercises for practice rather than test items. .

. • Practice for lower level skills.Common uses of worksheet & puzzle generators. • Exercises to review words and definitions. • Cloze exercises.

(ANDI Initiative) • Dyslexia Association Kuala Lumpur – Klang Valley. • Autism Network for Direct Instruction Initiative. • Some IEP generation programs accept data updates on each student’s progress.Individual Education Program (IEP) Generators • Teachers of students with special needs – paperwork requirements. .

Graphic Document Makers. . • Include templates for various kinds of achievements. • Awards certificates & greeting cards – teachers & students can add their own content. • Students motivating to use these packages to design their own certificates. • The most popular of these document makers is printshop.

a viewing and sending of software tool that documents as images. . creates documents and web pages with forms that can be filled in onscreen.PDF & Forms Makers. • Portable Document • PDF software is often Format (PDF) file used in conjunction software was created by with forms makers such Adobe to permit the as PDF Maker Pilot.

. data from test.Using Data Collection & Analysis Tools. • Statistical Packages – Teachers & students use statistical procedures to analyze data from experiments and research projects. assignment names. • Electronic Gradebooks – allows a teacher to enter student names. weighting information for specific test scores.

Using Data Collection & Analysis Tools. . administrators. • Students Information Systems – Teachers. and parents keep track of student and class progress on required curriculum objectives . teachers give online test and use data to support decision making.

software grades tests and compiles data. • Computer-Based Testing Systems – Teachers have students take tests on a computer screen. and the system summarizes/displays results immediately. .g computer adaptive testing(CAT) – for nursing education) • Students Response – All students answer a question at the same time. teachers use these systems to engage students and check comprehension.Using Data Collection & Analysis Tools. (e.

animation.Using Graphics Tools Software tools Draw/ paint programs Sample product •Adobe illustrator •Kid pix Image editing tools •Adobe photoshop •GIMP Charting/ graphing tools •Tom Synder’s Graph Master and the Graph Club 2. video.0 •Advance Grapher NetChart Reporting Suite Clip art. and font collection •Graphics for Teachers •Microsof Clipart and Media Collection •Flaming text •Animation Factory . sound.

Paint program .

photoshop.adobe photoshop • .Image editing tool .

Graphing tools .

com/ .flamingtext.Text online • http://www. .Clip art online http://office.

brochures.php DESCRIPTION/SAMPLE CLASSROOM USES Create own practice. SchoolMax enterprise Teachers create individually http://www. program / .co m/learningseries.OVERVIEW OF MATERIALS GENERATOR SOFTWARE TOOLS SOFTWARE TOOLS Desktop publishing software Test generators and rubric generators SAMPLE PRODUCTS Microsoft publisher edu.discove and games for student skill m/ Exam view learning series http://www.schoolmax. etc Teachers can create test item banks Worksheet and puzzle generators IEP generators Puzzlemaker Teachers produces exercise m Teachers and students can create awards. flyers PDF and forms makers Adobe acrobat http://www. Can create PDF files to send formatted documents.Graphic documents makers Smartdraw http://www.

Outlining tools and concept mapping software  Outlining tools.Using planning and organizing tools.designed to help people think through and explore ideas or topics by developing concept maps. .  Concept mapping software.designed to prompt writers as they develop outlines. m/ Centron’s lesson planner Decription/sample classroom uses Organize ideas in outline or concept map.Overview of planning and organizing tools Software tools Outlining and concept mapping software Lesson planners Scheduling and time management tools Sample products Storyweaver http://www.thecalenderpla their time and plan activities. Help teachers prepare and document lesson plans Reel logix Helps teachers organize http://www.

Using research and reference tools  Electronic encyclopedias Electronic atlases and mapping tools Electronic dictionaries(word atlases) .

Overview of research and reference tools Software tools Electronic encyclopedias Sample products Description/ sample classroom uses o Britannica Help students research any http://www. Help students learn local.britannica. and extraterrestrial geoghraphy Give definitions and synonyms Electronic atlases and mapping tool Electronic dictionaries .thesaurus.refe m/ o Thesaurus http://www.worldatlas. topic / o WorldAtlas.

Electronic atlases and mapping tool •Help teach geographic concepts by showing distances between point • Summarize geographic and demographic information • See information on a specific country/city • Gather information on all countries .

definitions and example uses for each word entry •Can play an audio clip of the pronunciations of the words .Electronic dictionaries ( World Atlases) •A.a thesaurus •Give pronunciations.k.

Computer-assisted design ( CAD) and 3-D Modeling/Animation Systems CAD  graphics production tools  precise drawings of objects such as houses and car  used in vocational-technical classrooms to teach architecture and engineering skills students create virtual models of houses as they study design concepts  .alibre.

time and note that constitute a piece of music Develop musical compositions on screen Support the creation of music scores Teaching music Process of . and MIDI Tools Musics editors Sequencers MIDI Tools Can enters the musical keys. revising. composing.korg. Sequencers.Musics www. and performing Students create and revise their own musical pieces www.

Interactive way to read can increase reading fluency. Use them as exercises to improve reading comprehension . activating animations and sound. number of sentences CLOZE SOFTWARE Provide passages with words missing in a given pattern. Students read the sentences and try to fill in the words. average word length.Reading tools • Calculating the reading level of a written work • Word count. INTERACTIVE STORYBOOK/ELECTRONIC BOOK Children can explore the screen.

Con’t Reading Tools ACCELERATED READER / AR Track students’ reading skills. the number of books they read and test their comprehension To motivate student to increase the reading they do Give teacher an information about how students progressing in their reading abilities .

Microcomputer-Based Labs ( Probeware ) Useful in Mathematic and Science classroom Consists of software with hardware sensors design to measure light. Can replace lab equipment such as oscilloscopes and volmeters ( Bitter. voltage and speed. Camuse. 1994) . I) gathering empirical data II) revealing the relationship between science and math (Ladelson. Durbin 1993) Dual purposes . temperature.

Graphing Calculators and Calculator-Based Labs Mathematics and Science education GC used to make possible various experiments and concept demonstrations in algebra (Bornstein. 1997) Probes or sensors connected to GC  called Calculator-Based Labs (CBLs) .

customized maps III)Allow analysis and comparison of information on different locations .Geographic Information System (GIS) Useful in teaching science and the social studies GIS is a computer system that is able to store in a database a variety information about geographic locations Can be display in a map form Parmenter and Burns (2001) I) Record and maintain large amount of geographic information II) Produce up-to-date.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Is a worldwide radionavigation system made possible by a bank of 24 satellites and their ground stations Can calculate positions of anything on earth accurate to a matter of feet or inches Purpose. I) finding your way in unfamiliar places II) Guiding farmers as they plant and harvest their crops .

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