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Computer Sciences


James Schnepf


Computers are becoming a part of our everyday life. Every facet of our society, including education, is changing in response. This thesis asks: what impact is technology having on students in one special education classroom? This thesis gives an overview of what technology is present in classrooms, how technology has been used, and examines the handful of studies that have been conducted on the impact of technology on students. I examined a special education classroom focused on the use and maintenance of computers, use of the Internet, and the use of multimedia for presentations. A study was conducted that investigated the impact that this curriculum had on the critical thinking skills of special education students. Results of the study point to the need for further investigation in this area.