ERIC Number: ED316961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec-30
Reference Count: N/A
Applications of Technology in the Education of Severely and Profoundly Impaired Students: Research, Training, and Dissemination. Final Report.
McGregor, Gail; And Others
The goal of this 2-year project was to examine applications of microcomputer technology in classrooms for students with severe handicaps. Staff members in 12 classrooms in the School District of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) were taught to use Apple IIe microcomputer systems and various peripheral devices. Teachers in these classrooms found word processing software helpful in assisting home-school communication, but data management applications were not viewed as time efficient. In the area of student instruction, the computer was useful as a means for developing motor skills and learning response/reinforcement contingency relationships. The physical arrangement of the equipment and the match between student and input device emerged as important considerations in promoting successful student-computer interaction. Only a small proportion of students in project classrooms were able to use software intended to teach basic concepts and language skills. In addition to summaries of project activities and outcomes, this report contains the following appendices: (1) a paper titled "The Use of Technology in Educational Programs for Students with Multiple Handicaps" by Gail McGregor; (2) abstracts of other papers; and (3) a manual titled "Introduction to the Apple" which discusses peripheral devices, computer applications in special education, and activities for instruction and management. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Dept. of Education.
Note: Appendix B contains poor type quality and filled in letters.