Information Technology Literacy of Blind Elementary School Students: A Mexican Perspective

By Silvia Berenice Fajardo-Flores, Aniluz Michel-García and JRG Pulido.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Elementary schools in Mexico offer children information technology resources in order to promote computer literacy. Children use interactive materials from Web portals such as Enciclomedia and Red Escolar, designed for school work in the computer labs. However, blind children integrated to regular schools face themselves with a different scenario, since they have special requirements of assistive technology in order to use computers as their classmates do. This paper describes the issues involved in the information technology education of blind children integrated to regular elementary schools in the state of Colima, Mexico.

Keywords: Information Technology, Special Education, Disability, Blind Students

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp.103-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 971.027KB).

Silvia Berenice Fajardo-Flores

Full-Time Teacher, Faculty of Telematics, University of Colima, Colima, Mexico

Silvia worked as an educational software developer for ten years at the Centre for the Production of Educational Materials (CEUPROMED) at the University of Colima, Mexico, and she is lecturer in the Faculty of Telematics. Her research interests are interaction design, accessibility and information technology applied to education, and she is currently doing research on accessibility for the blind.

Aniluz Michel-García

University of Colima, Colima, Mexico

Aniluz is currently studying Bs in Informatics at the Faculty of Telematics of the University of Colima. She is currently doing her professional practice at the Centre for the Production of Educational Materials (CEUPROMED) as a Web developer.

JRG Pulido

Full-time teacher, Faculty of Telematics, University of Colima, Colima, Mexico

Jorge Rafael Gutiérrez Pulido (JRG Pulido) works for the Faculty of Telematics, University of Colima, Mexico. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from The University of Nottingham, UK, a MSc in Telematics, and a BA in Informatics, both from the University of Colima, Mexico. Dr Pulido’s research interests are the semantic Web, ontology learning, intelligent data mining, Knowledge discovery, Self-Organizing Maps, Internet Computing, semantic information retrieval, and data visualization.

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