ERIC Number: ED264048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood/Handicapped Special Project: Software Evaluation.
Education Service Center Region 11, Ft. Worth, TX.
Thirty-seven commercially available software programs were circulated among 13 teachers of 3- to 5-year-old handicapped children in order to: (1) evaluate commercially available software advertised as appropriate for the preschool population; (2) identify for future use in evaluating software the characteristics of software appropriate for the preschool population; and (3) evaluate the possibility and educational efficacy of preschool handicapped students learning at computers. Software for the Apple II, the TRS-80, and the Commodore 64 were available for evaluation. Data were collected from informal observation and interviews with approximately 50 percent of the participants. Evaluations reflected a range of programs for each computer with Apple II software generally ranking higher than others. Participants consistently identified several characteristics of better software programs and computer systems. These included color monitors; audio volume control; size, shape, clarity of graphics; audio and visual prompts; audio and visual reinforcers; and animation. Interviewed participants stated age- and skill-appropriate software could be incorporated into the early childhood handicapped classroom as an independent learning center, a small group activity, an individual tutorial, or a free-time reward. All interviewed participants stated they would use computers, as available, in the future. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Service Center Region 11, Ft. Worth, TX.