Some Sources of Equipment and Supplies
The SMILE, SMILE+ and ISPP groups have developed a
for hands on classroom materials and supplies
which are inexpensive and useful. Since this list
was developed by Chicago area groups, most of the sources are in the Chicago
area. This list is by no means complete and readers are urged to send their
favorite sources to either this address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Porter
Johnson at the address listed on the home page.
Brief advice about the configuration needed for a computer for classroom
administration (grading, test writing, etc.) outside of the classroom is
provided through a computer configuration table.
Note that this table was first developed in the fall of 1994 and updated
in the summer of 1997 but still may be
of date due to the rapid changes in the computer industry but it will give
the reader some idea as to what you might need at home
to run two of the programs that each of these groups was provided. The two
shareware programs we provide are available through many sources. The first is
GRADE GUIDE (Ver 2.5 from Jon Kane, 2814 Regent St. Madison, Wisconsin 53705)
which is a gradebook type of program. All of our teachers are strongly
encouraged to keep their records on some type of computerized spreadsheet/data
base. The second is PC-Write (Ver 2.71), a word processor. Again, the
participants are encouraged to use some type of word processor to produce and
save their materials. There are also several places which have
inexpensive used computer hardware. One of the best in the Chicago area is the
Chicago Computer Exchange.
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