ERIC Number: ED339159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Students with Moderate Cognitive Abilities. Tech Use Guide: Using Computer Technology.
This guide deals with the use of computer technology with students who have moderate cognitive abilities. It defines moderate mental retardation and notes the decreasing incidence of mental retardation. It describes characteristics of students with moderate cognitive abilities and examines the role of technology in the educational program of these students. The importance of relating technology applications directly to students' educational objectives is noted. Training on "daily use/low-tech" devices, such as copy machines, calculators, and answering machines, is described as increasing these individuals' skills for independence, employability, and leisure activities. Suggestions are offered for using certain technological devices such as camcorders and educational software as an intervention strategy to achieve students' educational goals. Guidelines are presented for achieving an effective match between the learner and the technology, for selecting software, for determining necessary keyboard adaptations, and for making use of emerging technologies. The guide concludes with a list of organizational, periodical, and product resources. (JDD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Daily Living Skills, Electronic Equipment, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Microcomputers, Moderate Mental Retardation, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods, Technology
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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: Based on the content of a Seminar on Technology for Students with Moderate Disabilities (February 1991). For related documents, see ED 324 842-850 and EC 300 758-768.