ERIC Number: ED434432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
An Example of Teacher-Made Software.
Foshay, John D.
This paper describes the rationale and development of a teacher-made software program, instructional design features of the program, and student reaction to the program. The software was created for one student with moderate mental retardation to enable him to practice reading, writing, and reciting personal information. The program, "Your Personal Information," was created with an authoring program called Macromedia Director. The program provided the student with text, full on-demand audio support, multiple choice questions, and a practice-by-memory option. The authored lesson consisted of several screens of information: a title screen that included the goal and objectives of the lesson, five screens that used a consistent design to present the student's address, date of birth, phone number, social security number, and school lunch number, five screens each with a multiple choice question, and one screen for a practice-by-memory option. In addition, several screens of feedback or remediation were available. The program also included real pictures associated with the student's life to support the information on-screen. The student responded favorably to the program, and the individualized nature of the computer program enhanced student motivation and resulted in improved ability to read, write, and recite personal information. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association on Mental Retardation (123rd, New Orleans, LA, May 24-28, 1999).