ERIC Number: ED420969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Technology Assessment Software Package: Final Report.
Hutinger, Patricia L.
This final report describes the Technology Assessment Software Package (TASP) Project, which produced developmentally appropriate technology assessment software for children from 18 months through 8 years of age who have moderate to severe disabilities that interfere with their interaction with people, objects, tasks, and events in their environment. The 3-year, field-initiated project was conducted within Macomb Projects at Western Illinois University. The resulting software prototype, "Something's Fishy," was designed to assess task complexity and children's preferences for a variety of stimuli such as color, sounds, volume, movement, image size, image types, and visual or auditory stimuli. The software was designed to run on a Macintosh and to be accessed by switches, TouchWindow, adaptive keyboards, and mouse. A manual for the software will be available on the final version of the CD-ROM. The project also created a database of commercially available software which can be searched according to categories of stimuli assessed by "Something's Fishy" and which provides software suggestions that meet varying educational needs and goals. The report details the project's goals and objectives, project activities, problems, project impact, and future activities. (Contains 51 references.) (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Auditory Stimuli, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Identification, Early Intervention, Educational Strategies, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Severe Disabilities, Student Evaluation, Toddlers, Visual Stimuli, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Coll. of Education and Human Services.