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How Easy is it to Introduce Something New? Issues Associated with Introducing a New Technology Tool (the HANDS Mobile Solution) to Develop Social Skills with Children with Autism
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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

There has been developing interest in the potential for the use of mobile technology to achieve educational objectives, in particular for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The HANDS project has developed a software application for mobile phones, which helps children with ASD to develop social and self management skills. The application is currently being implemented with 15 teachers and 27 children with ASD at four special schools in the UK, Demark, Hungary and Sweden. This paper reports on issues involved with introducing this technology innovation at the UK school. Interviews were undertaken with teachers on the project during the introduction of the technology. Teachers’ positioning of social skills development in the school curriculum and attitude to the use of technology are identified as mediating factors in the extent to which teachers felt able to engage with the technology and envisage a place for it in their teaching practice.

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Mintz, J., Branch, C., March, C. & Lerman, S. (2010). How Easy is it to Introduce Something New? Issues Associated with Introducing a New Technology Tool (the HANDS Mobile Solution) to Develop Social Skills with Children with Autism. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1799-1808). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 12, 2019 from .

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