A Low-cost Interactive Computer Program for Teaching Landscape Plant Materials

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Author: Peter M. Shaw1
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  • 1 Former Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164. Present address: Horticulture Instructor. Spokane Community College. N. 1810 Greene St. MS2080 Spokane, WA 99207-5399.

A low-cost interactive computer program was designed to assist in teaching landscape plant material classes or any other class that could benefit from the use of computer graphics. The program was written in HyperCard to be used on any Macintosh computer. To illustrate the morphology and to assist in learning the terminology required to identify plants, a dichotomous keying system incorporating computer graphics was developed to lead the student through an interactive lesson. In the process of keying out plants, the student encounters the terminology associated with the groups of plants during the lesson. The student is introduced to plant groups, the terminology, and the concept of the classification process in one interactive lesson.

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