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ERIC Number: ED411063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-4
Pages: 12
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Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Literacy by Using Computers in Family Literacy Centers.
Hughes, Bob; Coyne, Peggy
This paper examines the controversial problem of the availability of and access to computers, training, and technology, and the availability of and access to all types of learners. Technologies must be designed with diverse learners in mind in order to fully realize their capacity and contribution to the field of education. If the need for universal access is ignored, technology will further exclude some learners. The paper suggests four principles of universal design for digital media: (1) allow for multiple representations of information; (2) provide for multiple means of expression and control; (3) provide customizable support and challenge; and (4) allow customizable content. The paper also describes the activities of the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) program, which is designed to ensure that computers do not create further barriers for the learners they are intended to assist, and that computer design and implementation address computers' potential for learners with disabilities and others who have been traditionally excluded. The CAST project assumes that adults who become successful learners will model the learning that fosters success in their children, and that use of early and pre-literacy software will support their children's emerging literacy. The project couples training of parents with the training of teachers. (Contains 30 references.) (SD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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