ERIC Number: ED433670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
eMERGing Literacy and Technology: Working Together.
Hutinger, Patricia L.; Beard, Marisa; Bell, Carol; Bond, Janet; Robinson, Linda; Schneider, Carol; Terry, Clare
This guide presents a curriculum that integrates development of emergent literacy skills with computer technology in young children, including those with disabilities. The curriculum was tested over a 3-year period in preschool classrooms that included children with mild to severe disabilities. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation results are reported. A description at the beginning of each activity explains links between software and children's learning. Three types of software, organized according to levels of interactivity, are used in the curriculum: interactive commercial software, commercially available graphics and story-making software, and HyperStudio, an authoring program used to develop software. Following an overview of the curriculum, chapters focus on: (1) designing the environment; (2) selecting software; (3) curriculum activities; (4) curriculum activities with tool and graphic software; (5) curriculum activities with HyperStudio; (6) customized activities and adaptations; (7) family involvement; and (8) assessment of literacy skills. Suggested resources, software, and children's books are listed. Appendices include research recommendations, teaching hints, materials to involve families, and assessment materials. (Contains 66 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Software, Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Emergent Literacy, Learning Activities, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation
Macomb Projects 1997,1998, 27 Horrabin Hall, 1 University Circle, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455. Tel: 309-298-1634; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Coll. of Education and Human Services.