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Getting to grips with “interactivity”: helping teachers assess the educational value of CD-ROMs

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Many commercial CD-ROMs are now being marketed as suitable for home and school use, increasingly promoted as covering the National Curriculum. However, such promises are failing to be realised because many CD-ROMS are poorly constructed, consisting simply of a mishmash of images, sounds and video that offer little more than light entertainment. The aim of this paper is to provide guidance on assessing the added value of educational CD-ROMs compared with traditional materials by explicating more the notion of interactivity as it pertains to learning.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH, UK. Email:francesa/yvonner/

Publication date: October 1, 1998

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