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Sofware applications for the development of school-age skills

Record number: 408
Last update: April 2016
Type of document: Lectures
Author: Caprino F
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Year of publication: 2016
The lesson classifies educational software for children with special needs attending elementary school in four main areas, depending on whether they are addressed to promote literacy related abilities (visual discrimination, phonological discrimination, reading comprehension), numeracy abilities (space-time concepts, concept of number, arithmetic operations), other curriculum areas or meta-cognitive abilities. Each possible function, within every educational software area, is illustrated by providing examples of software products (both commercial products and freeware). The lesson then goes on to illustrate possible criteria that should guide the selection and evaluation of educational software. The INDIRE educational software evaluation grid and its eight criteria are discussed (technical quality, communicative quality, design quality, cognitive quality, cultural quality, educational quality, documentation quality, price/quality ratio ). In its conclusion, the lesson shows some of the main information resources that can help professionals to find the best solutions to meet the individual’s needs in the school context as well as in the rehabilitative one.
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