Breaking the hype cycle: Using the computer effectively with learners with intellectual disabilities

Jan Lloyd, Karen Moni, Anne Jobling
2006 Down Syndrome Research and Practice  
There has been huge growth in the use of information technology (IT) in classrooms for learners of all ages. It has been suggested that computers in the classroom encourage independent and self-paced learning, provide immediate feedback and improve self-motivation and self-confidence. Concurrently there is increasing interest related to the role of technology in educational programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities. However, although many claims are made about the benefits of
more » ... he benefits of computers and software packages there is limited evidence based information to support these claims. Researchers are now starting to look at the specific instructional design features that are hypothesised to facilitate education outcomes rather than the over-emphasis on graphics and sounds. Research undertaken as part of a post-school program (Latch-On: Literacy and Technology -Hands On) at the University of Queensland investigated the use of computers by young adults with intellectual disabilities. The aims of the research reported in this paper were to address the challenges identified in the 'hype' surrounding different pieces of educational software and to develop a means of systematically analysing software for use in teaching programs. Using the computer effectively with learners with intellectual disabilities Down Syndrome Research and Practice 9(3), 68-74
doi:10.3104/practice.296 fatcat:cmzgb2u47baoxoajsprp2tkyfe