The Early Childhood Interactive Technology Literacy Curriculum Project: A Final ReportBy Hutinger, Patricia; Robinson, Linda; Schneider, Carol; Johanson, Joyce; Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
(Pages: 179) Publication Date: 2002
Final report discusses the activities and outcomes of the federally funded Interactive Technology Literacy Curriculum (ITLC) project, which was designed to advance the availability, quality, use, and effectiveness of computer technology for emergent literacy among young children with mild to severe disabilities. The ITLC project used computers and interactive software programs to promote literacy and positive behaviors among young children with disabilities. A total of 291 children, 289 families, and 18 early childhood team members participated in the project. Of the 291 children, 32 who participated at the demonstration site and 11 who participated at the replication site were involved in the ITLC project for 2 years. The participants’ emergent literacy skills and understanding of literacy concepts improved as a result of their participation, as they demonstrated increased communication skills, social interaction, fine motor control, attendance, planning, and problem solving skills. The instructors who participated were found to improve their knowledge of literacy, computer operations and adaptations, computer applications for children, and how to promote family involvement.
Published by: Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (Website:http://www.wiu.edu/thecenter/)
Link to text: http://www.wiu.edu/users/mimacp/wiu/finalreports/ITLCFinalReport.pdf