Impact of Computer Aided Learning on Children with Specific Learning Disabilities

Abstract : The Technology Initiatives Division of Azim Premji Foundation has launched programmes for use of computers in rural schooling. One such programme is Computer Aided Leaning (CAL) that envisages deployment of computers as a media to impact learning competencies and to create an attractive environment in the schools. The state government provides the computers in schools and the Foundation has developed required software content designed to aid classroom learning process in specific areas such as mathematics, language and environment sciences. The Spastic Society of Karnataka conducted a research study on analyzing the impact of CAL on children with specific learning problems in rural elementary schools of Karnataka. Four schools with CAL centers in Anekal Taluk the Bangalore rural district were selected for the study. The students from class two, three, four and five in these schools were screened through psychological and psycho-educational assessment and 70 children were identified as children with specific learning disabilities. The eclectic approach to data collection involved formal and informal assessment in language and mathematics. Tools for data collection included The Binet-Kamath Test of Intelligence and various educational evaluations. The findings reveal areas where CAL has had a significant beneficial impact on children with learning problems and areas that have little or no improvement.
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Bangalore The Spastic Society of Karnataka. Impact of Computer Aided Learning on Children with Specific Learning Disabilities. 2004. ⟨hal-00197421⟩

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