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ERIC Number: EJ935910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
Teacher Criteria for Evaluating and Selecting Developmentally Appropriate Computer Software
Ntuli, Esther; Kyei-Blankson, Lydia
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v20 n2 p179-193 Jun 2011
Although many teacher training programs and school districts offer courses and workshops on technology integration in instruction, research shows that teachers still face major challenges especially as it relates to selecting and using developmentally appropriate technology to meet the needs of diverse learners. The current study examines the selection criteria used by early childhood teachers in a mid-western school district. The results of the study suggest that most teachers have a general idea of what constitutes developmentally appropriate technology. However, barriers such as the availability of time to learn the software, lack of funding for purchasing software, lack of teacher understanding of the connection between the technology and the curriculum, lack of technical support, limited age appropriate software, and an inability to access and try available material continue to inhibit teachers from selecting such technology for the teaching and learning process. (Contains 3 tables.)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606; Fax: 703-997-8760; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A