ERIC Number: ED254980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Special Education Administration and Microcomputers: Some Considerations for Hardware and Software in the 1980's.
White, George T., Jr.
Increasingly, software is being developed for special education administrative purposes, including Individualized Education Program development and documentation, database management for reporting and monitoring instructional programs for federal accountability, statistical analysis for program monitoring, and creative uses. The widespread use of such software, however, can lead to abuse of student records and data files. Directors of special education should examine logistical and practical matters prior to buying software and should consider factors related to security, storage, and use of the hardware/software. Administrators can overcome computer resistance through a variety of approaches, including not trying to change everything all at once, acquainting all staff with computer operations, understanding the system, and involving appropriate staff in the choice of equipment and training. The ideal computer work station should serve a variety of purposes, including word processing, electronic mail, mail label printing, and an electronic clock and calendar. Work stations should include such hardware as a user-friendly keyboard and two disk drives or one disk drive with a second hard disk drive. Further, the hardware should be supported by a service contract. Guidelines for evaluating special education administration software center on such aspects as documentation, user support, and value to end-user. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the New Horizons in Deaf Education Conference: Instructional Use of Microcomputers (Austin, TX, April 26-28, 1984).