Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Chapter 1 Kids Are Well Prepared for Standardized Tests

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Chapter 1 Kids Are Well Prepared for Standardized Tests

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The children in my lab make progress every year," asserts Pat Dunlap, the ESEA/Chapter I computer lab teacher at John Harvard Elementary School in Chicago, Ill.

The reason for this growth is the use of Skills Bank II, comprehensive basic skills software from Skills Bank Corp. of Baltimore, Md. Dunlap uses the program to help prepare her students for the school's yearly standardized tests.

* No Grades

Dunlap has relied on the Reading and Math Series for over two years. "I sent for the demo disk, liked it and got it for the lab," she explains.

Five Chapter 1 classes, ranging from fifth to eighth grades, use Skills Bank II each day--a total of 100 students. They work at the lab's 20 workstations, a mixture of IBM EduQuest Model 30 and Model 25 computers networked to a Model 80 server.

Students work on various concepts, each at his or her own pace. "I don't use grades," Dunlap insists. Instead, students work through the concepts, taking the imbedded quizzes and tests after each onscreen lesson. When a student has a problem or question, Dunlap and her assistant are there to help; when the entire class seems to have difficulty with a concept, the instructor will present a lecturetype lesson.

"I print progress reports weekly to see how students are doing," Dunlap continues. "I can tell when they're playing and when they're working on the computer." She also implements a student-of-the-month program as an extra incentive. …

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