Multimedia authoring systems for constructing education packages for Special Needs Education
There are many problems involved with using “off-the-shelf” educational packages in Special Needs Education. For instance, commercial packages have, in the past, been found to accomplish only about half the function requires, or are found not to meet the needs of the pupils at all. An additional problem, is that these pupils often require special hardware which caters for their individual needs. There seems to be a complete lack of software which can be configured for the use of these special devices, which would enable the individual pupils to use the various programs.
This paper contains details of proposed research, which is currently underway, looking into specifying, designing and developing a system, which would allow teaching staff at such Special Needs Schools to construct their own customised software for teaching purposes. With the use of such a system, software would be individually tailored to meet the needs of the pupils, and more accurately adjusted to the material being used in the curriculum of the time.
The proposed system would consist of a multi-media authoring system, which together with an easy-to-grasp user interface, would allow teachers to build their own stand-alone packages without the need to know a programming language.
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