By Kyle Higgins, Ph.D. , Randall Boone, Ph.D.
Although many software developers know it is important to consult with educational experts, much software still is developed without consideration of key educational factors that may have an impact on learning1. Here are some examples of what researchers have discovered on the topic:
Because of the lack of information from education software publishers about how their software is produced, parents are basically on their own when selecting commercial educational software for children with learning disabilities. Often parents find that software they have purchased is not adaptable, does not teach what it says it teaches, or does not support learning that is occurring in the classroom.2 As a result of these many concerns and issues, it is unclear to what extent educational software is meeting the needs of parents, teachers, and students today.3
When you evaluate educational software for your child with LD, several components must be taken into consideration:
This is not an easy task for parents, who continually are faced with less and less time in which to do more and more.
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