ERIC Number: ED324845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Preschool Children. Tech Use Guide: Using Computer Technology.
Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Center for Special Education Technology.
One of nine brief guides for special educators on using computer technology, this guide focuses on uses with preschool children with either mild to severe disabilities. Especially noted is the ability of the computer to provide access to environmental experiences otherwise inaccessible to the young handicapped child. Appropriate technology for this age group, such as alternative input devices and alternative output devices, is explained, and the role of the computer in helping provide a more natural play environment is described. Suggestions are offered for using the computer to help the child develop communication, language, and cognitive skills. Ways to use the computer for assessment and to increase preschooler access to programs are pointed out. Features of good software for preschools include: clear, concise documentation; sound educational value; uncluttered, interesting use of color, graphics, and sound; adaptability; limited key input or alternative device usage; and data collection capability. A glossary of 14 terms is provided, as are lists of seven recommended readings, five periodicals, five software resources, six alternative input software resources, three speech synthesizers, three input devices, and five switch manufacturers. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Center for Special Education Technology.
Note: For related documents, see EC 232 187-195.