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ERIC Number: ED443419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 36
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Is Software Available for Early Childhood Spanish Speaking Children?
Cardona de Divale, Maria Victoria
A search was conducted on the Internet for software available for bilingual Spanish-speaking children. The only programs found under this heading were 18 programs for learning Spanish. Five of the least expensive were selected for review using a standardized scale for evaluating children's software. Four of the programs were found to be inappropriate because they were based on the assumption that children already know how to use the computer. One program, "JumpStart Spanish," scored very high and had many attributes of successful software for children. The following criteria can be used in selecting software for the bilingual user (Bishop, 1990): accuracy and correctness of content; software that is note limited by regionalism or dialect; open-ended design; interactivity; depth of content; educational soundness; ease of use; age-appropriateness; cultural sensitivity; and visual appeal. Web site addresses that offer software for Spanish children are given, and prices are listed for several Spanish software products. Appendices include a checklist for analyzing children's software; online reviews; and a more detailed review by the author of six software programs for Spanish-speaking children. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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