ERIC Number: EJ697326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Centralizing Support: Technology for Israeli Students with Special Needs. Leaders Sharing--Special Needs
Thormann, Joan; Loebl, Dina
Learning & Leading with Technology, v32 n6 p34-36 Mar 2005
In the United States, the federal government supports educational services, but what happens with technology integration when a country with a population the size of Massachusetts uses its centralized educational system to help students with special needs? The goal of this article is to share information regarding Israel's educational technology structure and projects for individuals with special needs. The hope is that it will provide some ideas that may prove useful for those working with such individuals. The following topics are discussed: Training and Dissemination; Ministry of Education Implementation of Computers in the Classroom; and Private Projects. The article concludes the Ministry of Education, as part of the effort to decrease the digital divide in Israel, is committed to expanding the use of computers for students with special needs. This commitment manifests itself in activities generated and supported by the ministry as well as by foundations, private organizations, and individuals. The current goal is to have one computer for every student. The hope is that the productivity of these students will increase if they have a personal computer that can be used by the students at home and at school.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Computers, Special Needs Students, Disabilities, Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel