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The Role of ICT in Supporting Students with Reading Difficulties (SIP025)
This project involved supplying laptop computers to a small number of students with serious learning difficulties and allowing them to use the computers in their mainstream classes.
18 months
Lead Organisation
St Columba's College, Co. Donegal
Project Aims
  • To investigate the effectiveness of portable computers as an assistive tool for students with learning difficulties.
  • To utilise ICT to allow students with learning difficulties to participate more fully in mainstream classes.
  • To examine the use of portable computers by a minority of students in mainstream classes and the classroom management issues that arise as a result.
  • To identify and evaluate the most suitable software to allow fuller participation by student with learning difficulties in mainstream curricular activities.
Indicative Outcomes
  • Evaluation of the value of ICT in assisting students with learning difficulties.
  • Development of models of best practice for integrating portable computing into everyday classroom activity.
  • Identification of suitable software titles to assist students with learning difficulties.
  • Evaluation of the viability of using portable computers in the post primary schools.
  • Participating teachers to be in a position to advise on the best strategies to adopt in replicating the initiative once the pilot phase has been completed.
Participating Schools
Further Information

SIP is an initiative of the National Centre for Technology in Education
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