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Teacher Criteria for Evaluating and Selecting Developmentally Appropriate Computer Software

, North Shore Community College, United States ; , Illinois State University, United States

Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 20, Number 2, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


Although many teacher training programs and school districts offer courses and workshops on technology integration in instruction, research shows that teachers still face major challenges especially as it relates to selecting and using developmentally appropriate technology to meet the needs of diverse learners. The current study examines the selection criteria used by early childhood teachers in a mid-western school district. The results of the study suggest that most teachers have a general idea of what constitutes developmentally appropriate technology. However, barriers such as the availability of time to learn the software, lack of funding for purchasing software, lack of teacher understanding of the connection between the technology and the curriculum, lack of technical support, limited age appropriate software, and an inability to access and try available material continue to inhibit teachers from selecting such technology for the teaching and learning process.


Ntuli, E. & Kyei-Blankson, L. (2011). Teacher Criteria for Evaluating and Selecting Developmentally Appropriate Computer Software. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 20(2), 179-193. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 25, 2019 from .


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