ERIC Number: ED296514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Barking Books? The Microcomputer in Special Education Language Arts Programs of the Future.
Candler, Ann C.; Keefe, Charlotte Hendrick
The use of microcomputers in language arts instruction with exceptional students can be an effective tool for both teaching and reinforcing skills, but is not typically employed as an integral part of the overall language arts curriculum. Research studies substantiate the positive impact on student performance when microcomputers are effectively integrated into the instructional process. An especially useful application of microcomputers in language arts is in the area of word processing. Available programs include those offering just word processing ("Magic Slate,""Miliken,""Quill," and "Writing Wizard"), those offering word processing and graphics ("Bank Street StoryBook,""Kidwriter," and "Story Maker") and those offering word processing and speech ("Talking Text Writer" and"Language Experience Recorder"). The future of microcomputers in education will be directed by three major factors: application of educational theory, expansion of the awareness of educators, and utilization of problem solving. (JDD)
Descriptors: Artificial Speech, Computer Graphics, Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Integrated Curriculum, Language Arts, Microcomputers, Reinforcement, Skill Development, Special Education, Speech Synthesizers, Teaching Methods, Word Processing
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children's Topical Conference on the Future of Special Education (Orlando, FL, November 15-17, 1987).