Sixth International School On Mind, Brain And Education

2011 August 3-7

Education in the
Digital Era

Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani

Abstract: Andrea Mangiatordi
University Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Inclusion of mobility impaired children in the one-to-one computing era: a case study
study While in some countries education systems contemplate both special and mainstream schools, in some other regions only mainstream schools exist which provide specific facilities for children with special education needs. In both panoramas, technology has traditionally been considered a resource for empowering disabled children in their learning and communicating abilities. Uruguay’s education system, which has special schools, recently adopted the one-to-one model for distributing computers in classrooms. This means that new environments are created in which technology is no more a specific solution, but a matter of fact. In such a context, children from special schools who undergo integration projects and are introduced to mainstream schools can count on a computer technology which does not mark them as ‘those who need some different tool’. This paper exposes the findings from a multiple case study action-research lead in the field.