|History of Jazz
||Zane Publishing Company
||The History of Jazz
from 1800s to 1996
||Not listed. However,
material would be appropriate for middle school general music, grades 7
or 8 or a review for a high school general music class..
||Classroom General Music: lab.
Description: The program could be used as a supplemental resource in a History of Jazz course.
||Both PC and
|The program contains
numerous sound recordings and pictures of renowned Jazz artists such as Benny
Good, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and others. The sound examples
were approximately thirty seconds in
||The program begins
with an introduction and continues moving in a historical sequential pattern,
and the program runs continuously with no convenient stopping points to
pause during the presentation of information.
There are icons in which a student can click and a multiple choice question appears. The question was linked to the information from the screen the program was presenting at the time the student clicked the icon. Another icon brings up a dictionary with terms and information the student could to review.
||The program was similar
to a tutorial, but was not interactive.
||Student Directed .
Though the program runs continously, students were able to decide whether
or not they wish to review the questions that were available for the screen
that was displayed.
|Sequence of Materials||The rate of information
was very quick and brief. The information was more of an overview
with many important aspects of Jazz history that were not discussed.
The sequence of information progresses from the beginning of Jazz to the
|Pace of Instruction
||I thought the pace
was too quick and the information too brief before the program moved to another
subject area. There was no time for the student to reflect on information
that was presented unless the student paused the program.
|Quality of Interaction
||Poor. Very little interaction by the
||The information provided
in this program would serve as an Overview of Jazz history. However,
I would find it difficult to use in the classroom because there are no
convenient stopping points to break down the course into units.
|Method of Record Keeping:
|The program reminds me of watching a documentary
about the History of Jazz on the Discovery Channel. A lot of information
was covered over a short span of time. There would be little interaction
by the student because the program was not designed as a tutorial. The
absence of convenient stopping points would make it difficult for the teacher
to use this program as part of lesson. The program could serve
as a reference or supplementary resource that a student could use. However,
I thought the students would become bored after five minutes of viewing