ERIC Number: ED300970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Software Programs for Learning Disabled Students: Second Report.
Osterag, Bruce A.; Graves, Anne
Microcomputer software can provide excellent drill and practice, simulations, and problem-solving. Yet, software developers often have designed elaborate graphics and unique characters in lieu of sound instructional programming. Many instructional programs for learning-disabled students do not provide appropriate reading levels, the opportunity to make decisions, logical and detailed instructional formats, correction procedures in the case of error, recordkeeping options, or imaginative programming. The following essential features should be included: immediate reinforcement of student responses, individual pacing, non-emotional input during needed repetitions, undivided attention during input, reduction of distractions, nonjudgmental responses, intrinsic motivation, and student control as well as computer control. An evaluation screening tool is presented that can quickly and successfully determine the usefulness of a software program through examination of its instructional content, educational quality, and general quality. Suggestions are offered for encouraging software development by companies, institutions of higher education, and computer-user groups. A list of 28 software evaluation sources and directories is presented. The report concludes with a list of 69 software programs recommended for use with the learning-disabled, in the areas of microcomputer instruction; typing; quiz or lesson generators; word processing/integrated programs; cognitive, perceptual, spatial skills; mathematics; language arts and reading; and teacher utility programs. (JDD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Software Reviews, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Disabilities, Material Development, Microcomputers, Program Evaluation, Rating Scales
Resources in Special Education, 650 University Ave., Room 201, Sacramento, CA 05825 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Note: The document was produced by Resources in Special Education.