SOFTWARE EVALUATION

J. Kerr
As an educator, you will be faced with software choices. In all categories of resources that are available for the classroom, there is a wide variety of qualities; some are excellent and some are absolutely terrible. Therefore, you should be prepared to systematically examine computer software, as you would a book or film, before you use it with your students. Some of the issues that you should address are; How should you evaluate software? What categories should you use to determine the effectiveness of the package? What other considerations should you make? In groups of 3 or 4, decide the best method to evaluate software and design a form that would help you with the evaluation. Be sure that the form is easy to use so that your colleagues might use it?

PROGRAM IDENTIFICATION DATA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

EVALUATION CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OTHER INFORMATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Below is a form that I created. This may help you decide the criteria for your form development.

EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE EVALUATION - Dr. Jim Kerr
Title:

Company:

Address:

Price:

One User=>

Site Licence=>

NOTES:

Type of Computer: Peripherals:
Subject Area: 
 

Frequency of Use:

¡ daily

¡ weekly

¡ other:

Delivery Methods:

¡ lessons/tutorial

¡ drill 

¡ review

¡ simulation

¡ testing

¡ other:

Use with: ¡ primary

¡ Class ¡ junior

¡ Small Group ¡ intermediate

¡ Individual ¡ secondary

¡ without teacher ¡ other:

Rating Code: 5-excellent 4-good 3-satisfactory 2-fair 1-poor
Educational Value and Pedagogy

1) Program is flexible for intended user(s) 5 4 3 2 1

2) Appropriate for classroom setting 5 4 3 2 1

3) Meets relevant educational needs 5 4 3 2 1

4) New terms are defined 5 4 3 2 1

5) Student has chance to correct errors 5 4 3 2 1

6) Help is available 5 4 3 2 1

7) Material is presented clearly and interestingly 5 4 3 2 1

8) Branches to new information, reviews old information and adjusts feedback 5 4 3 2 1

9) Follows progression of skills 5 4 3 2 1

10) Student response input is in a familiar manner 5 4 3 2 1

11) Student advances at appropriate speed 5 4 3 2 1

12) Criteria for advancing can be adjusted by teacher 5 4 3 2 1

Ease of Use

1) Clear, complete teacher documentation 5 4 3 2 1

2) Clear, complete student documentation 5 4 3 2 1

3) Instructions can be bypassed 5 4 3 2 1

4) Easy to exit from program 5 4 3 2 1

5) Easy to set up program 5 4 3 2 1

Effective Use of Computer

1) Computer presentation is more effective/efficient than other methods

5 4 3 2 1

2) Video display is pleasing and functional 5 4 3 2 1

3) Audio is effective 5 4 3 2 1

4) Other peripherals are employed when needed 5 4 3 2 1

5) Computer maintains useful information for records 5 4 3 2 1

***SUMMARY EVALUATION*** Excellent Good Satisfactory Fair Poor
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