EduQuest is designed with seven research-based adaptions and modifications which are crucial for working with young children with special needs: material modification, activity modification, using the child’s preferences, environmental support, peer support, invisible support and adult support.
Using the EduQuest system, a teacher can customize content and select different activities for individual students or groups of students based on their specific needs. In addition, the teacher can select from different levels of the activities and modify their difficulty. In this way, the teacher is able to design a learning environment which supports and enhances each child’s individual development and their attainment of critical early childhood skills and knowledge.
EduQuest balances guided activities with activities that allow for free exploration. In addition to the computer courseware, many hands-on didactic materials are provided for visual and tactile stimulation. These materials give children an opportunity to make connections between the concrete world and the abstract computer environment. The didactic items can be used as an introduction to the software to prepare the children for their computer experiences, and they can also be used afterwards, to reinforce and deepen the educational experience through manipulation, exploration and play.