Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

Department: K-12

Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

Department: K-12

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There are seven yellow crocuses blooming in my yard. Does that mean that winter is ended? Or does it mean that spring is beginning? A future teacher, studying Chatback as a homework assignment, recently wrote asking why we advocate having special ed students on the nets. "Do they get more out of it than regular students," she asked. Are we living through the last gasps of this old and worn-out century? Or the gay awakenings of the new?

In this issue, I'm sharing a bit of the gay awakenings happening on the World Wide Web, Lois is reporting on a book with a fresh perspective on dyslexia, and Sheila is providing answers for those asking why we are doing this. Behind the scenes, Bob is creating new online environments (a Web page/mailing list project to build a kid-created online encyclopedia), and Tom is evangelizing in Estonia.



The past six months have seen the growth of a host of new resources aimed at the pre-college population and include new papers, Listserv Lists, gophers, and World Wide Web sites.

George Casler has created the New York State Department of Education gopher that contains a K-12 folder which contains a section on Disability Resources and Information.

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Linda Joseph has developed World Link, a newsletter for K-12 as an aid to fining curriculum resources on the Internet.

HREF= gopher:// Link Newsletter Barbara Gollon has created the online KidTECH Newsletter. It will monitor and report on the latest developments in electronic learning and software.

HREF= gopher:// Resources/KidTECH Amy Bridgeman has written a paper describing MOOSE-Crossing a text-based virtual world aimed at a constructionist learning culture for children with diverse abilities and cultures.

HREF= in Post Script, Rich Text Format, and Ascii Text.

VirtEd is a new list that has just been created at St. John's University. It is concerned with the use of virtual reality in education. This ranges from the Gloves and Graphics of immersive virtual reality to the text-based virtual worlds like Diversity University. To subscribe send mail to: with the message: sub virted firstname lastname

Don Soucy has started the EDRES-L (Educational Resources on the Internet) and EDRES-DB (Searchable archives of EDRES-L). For information and subscriptions send mail to with the message: info subscribe edres-l firstname lastname

A search of the EDRES-DB list uncovered only three messages that contained the word disabilities.

CNIDR has developed a series of 33 K-12 oriented lists. For an index of these lists and information on how to subscribe, send mail to, with the message: lists info There are no lists devoted to disabilities in the K-12 area.

One of the most recent lists is WWWEduc, a list devoted to the use of World Wide Web in K-12 education. To subscribe to this list, send mail to with the message: subscribe wwweduc firstname lastname

An exciting project that developed from WWWEduc is Kidopedia, an encyclopedia for and by the K-12 Internetters who will be multicultural and multilingual, as well as multimedia. A Listserv has been developed for those interested in the development of Kidopedia and all are invited to join. Send mail to with the message: sub kidpedia firstname lastname

Note: There is no letter "o" in Kidpedia (the list) due to the eight- letter limit. The following note by Anne Pemberton provides a background and tutorial on browsing the Web.

K-12 ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB Anne Pemberton

Open to a page on the World Wide Web, and prepare for an adventure in information access. …

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