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purple arrowTechnology for Inclusion: Meeting the Special Needs of all Students

REFERENCE: Male, M. (1994). Technology for Inclusion: Meeting the Special Needs of all Students. (2d ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Description of article:

: The first edition of this book was entitled Special magic: Computers, classroom strategies, and exceptional students. The new title reflects an effort to demystify fears of some educators regarding the use of technology and to provide a vision for inclusion. The author stresses that decisions about types of technology or strategies for using technology should not be based on disability categories and specialized settings. The book covers a broad spectrum of issues ranging from accessing technology to policy-making issues for technology and inclusive classrooms (see chapter titles listed below). Included below are the author's recommendations as they pertain to issues of early childhood:

Guidelines for Designing Activities and Selecting Software

"Guidelines for successfully incorporating technology at very early ages include the following:

Some of the characteristics of software that have been the most popular with very young children include the following:

  1. Ease of operation, with limited requirements for keyboarding and easy use of adaptive devices
  2. Clear, concise documentation so that the program is up and running without the need for an adult to study a manual
  3. Color, graphics, and sound
  4. Adaptability so that the program can be modified to fit a different need or varied to keep it challenging." (p. 30)

Chapter titles include:

  1. Access: Issues, ideas and inspirations
  2. Technology through the life cycle: Developmental perspectives
  3. Themes across the life cycle
  4. Classroom implementation
  5. Social development in the computer environment
  6. Word processing and desktop publishing
  7. Data-base management
  8. Spreadsheets
  9. Telecommunications
  10. Multimedia: HyperCard and Linkway
  11. Integrating technology with individual educational plans
  12. Building partnerships between parents and professionals
  13. Restructuring: Policy-making issues for technology and inclusive classrooms
  14. Dealing with change.

CONTACT(S): Mary Male, San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192. (408) 924-1000.

Publisher: Allyn and Bacon, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 160 Gould Street, Needham Heights, MA 02194

This book costs $41.00 ($5.96 for postage and handling) and is available from Prentice Hall at (800) 278-3525. ISBN # 020 514 6953.

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