Special keyboards for special needs

Ian C. Brown


This paper stresses the importance of good design at the child-computer interface. The Concept Keyboard is discussed as an example of a useful input device. It has a touch-sensitive surface overlaid by a rectangular sheet of paper. This "overlay" may be designed to meet the requirements of each individual program. Examples are given of various applications, including a project in which the Concept Keyboard has been used to develop the curriculum in environmental studies for children with moderate learning difficulties. Nature walks in various environments are simulated and the computer is integrated with other indoor and outdoor resources.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.2371

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