Coming to Edinburgh in June 2012 ICT and Inclusion is Scotland’s leading annual exhibition with a focus on the use of ICT to support learners with additional suppport needs. This year’s roadshows are being held at CALL Scotland, University of Edinburgh, 14th June CALL Scotland and BRITE, the organisers of the event, have arranged for up to 25 of the UK’s leading suppliers of software and technology to support students with additional support needs to take part in the exhibition and to give a short presentation on their latest products.
There will also be short presentations by staff from BRITE, CALL and local schools, colleges and services, illustrating the use of technology to support learning. Equipment and software on display may be of interest to adults with disabilities and the people who support them. It’s Free! The days are free to attend and run from 8.45 until 4 pm. Lunch is provided for people who book in advance.
There will be a prize draw at the end of each day, with prizes including software, iPad apps and other worthwhile items. Make sure you stay until the end of the day to have a chance to win a prize!
Book online at www.ictandinclusion.org.uk
Can you vouch for the fact that using ICT to support pupils with additional support needs in your class/school is making a difference? Would you be prepared to share your story with other practioners?
The CALL Centre (based at Moray House, University of Edinburgh) are looking for one East Lothian school to give a 30 minute presentation at their ICT and Inclusion Day on the 14th June, illustrating how ICT (software or hardware) has been used to help pupils with additional support needs in the school. Teachers are welcome to involve a small number of pupils in the presentation, if this is appropriate. Please contact Allan Wilson email@example.com or call him on 0131 651 6068.
Not sure if you want to do a presentation but would like to share your story less formally? Email Shirley Lawson for a chat. firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusive Technology and CBBC have teamed up to give switch users the chance to play with their favourite CBeebies characters. Click here to see the selection of games now available.
Run by specialist staff, this FREE day is a chance for families of children with ASN to try out and learn about the software, hardware and specialised communication technologies that might help support them. Professionals are also welcome if they are accompanying a child/family. Read more details on the website.
Another date for your diary…. 15 JUNE…. also at the CALL Centre
Come along to an exhibition of technology to assist students with Additional Support Needs. Up to 20 of the UK’s leading suppliers of software and assistive technology will be exhibiting and giving short presentations on their latest products.
“Most school systems are based on the assumption that learning is sequential and successful outcomes are the result of regular attendance.” John Howson in TES (14/01/11)
The disruptions in attendance experienced by teachers and pupils due to the recent weather and now flu viral outbreaks have brought this home only too well. The coming months will demonstrate how well teachers and pupils are able to bridge the holes.
Howson’s analysis of available data suggests that “the percentage of special educational needs (SEN) pupils who are classified as persistent absentees is always higher than the average for all pupils.”
“..for those who want to come to school but cannot do so, often for reasons of illness, we need to find a way of ensuring technology can help.”
Not every home is equipped with the technology to ensure all young people are included even when they are ill but many do. School edubuzz blogs had some lovely suggestions for activities during the snow closures. Teachers and pupils can keep others informed and included while they are absent with illness through the use of imaginative Apps/ photos /videos,etc. Try www.wallwisher.com ; www.glogster.com. Any other ideas?
Ipads will be on many children’s Christmas list this year mainly because of advertised hype and the perceived ‘cool factor’ of possessing the latest Apple product. It will keep children amused for a certain amount of time but depending on the apps installed, they will likely gravitate back to their laptop.
But for some children – and adults – the iPad could prove invaluable. Read this article which appeared in the New York Times about Owen Cain who has had motor neurone disease from infancy. His parents say he is a normal boy trapped in a abnormal body. “We have spent all this time keeping him alive, and now we owe him more than that,” said his mother, Ellen Goldstein, “I see his ability to communicate and to learn as a big part of that challenge — not all of it, but a big part of it.
The iPad has been a tremendous breakthrough and opens up endless possibilities. So many of it’s features ideally suit those who have limited movements, hearing and sight. Owen can have his arm hoisted into a position which allows him, with the lightest of touches, to read a book by flicking over the pages. He even typed up, ” I want to be Han Solo for Hallowe’en” using the onscreen keyboard.
Read the story, watch the video. It’s made me think, wonder, cry and plan.
Koby and the Skoog
The Skoog is an exciting new musical instrument with accessibility at its heart. An instrument designed explicitly for special education to empower those unable to play traditional instruments. The Skoog is a soft, squeezable object that simply plugs straight into your computer or laptop’s USB port. Simply touching, pressing, squashing, twisting or tapping the Skoog allows you to play a wide range of instruments, intuitively. Learn more about it here
You can see Koby Major, age 5, having a brilliant time playing with the Skoog. Inventor and entrepreneur, Benjaman Schogler, came along to demonstrate how it could be used. He worked with all three classes and everyone had a go. Even the very lightest touch can generate a sound. Some pupils hit the Skoog, some squeezed, some rolled it, Jonathon leaned on it with his shoulder and played the flute. Using a WOWee one gel speaker, sound vibrations gave another dimension to the musical experience.
Joy, a student in musicology from Greece and on work placement with Benjaman, is going to work with groups of pupils over the next few weeks. Mark my words, there’s going to be a lot of fun and a lot of music happening down at the Hub!
Please note that the old Microtechnology referral form is outdated and was replaced in May 2010 with the ICT Referral Form. You will find it saved on Education Exchange (Support for Learners / Referral Forms) or you can access it through this link. Old forms can no longer be accepted and will be returned.
Accurate information supplied on the new form results in a quicker turnaround for the whole review, assessment and decision process to be carried out.
ICT Referral Form
The Wellington Square website is designed for use alongside the book components of the Wellington Square Reading Scheme. This scheme provides interesting and lively stories for lower ability readers.
The website is easy to navigate and contains a range of activities to support the teaching of reading skills to pupils with Additional Support Needs.
After logging onto the website, pupils are able to enter the Character pages. The character pages follow the same format and are all updated over the course of a term. Each character area contains an introduction, game, quiz, character information, character facts and character questions. A coloured logo on each web page specifies the reading level for that page. Vocabulary from that level’s word wall is included in the text and there are links to some of the books the pupils may have read.
Pupils must read each character’s area before attempting the quiz section, as all questions are related to the character information and character facts. The website also has ‘Ask a Question’ which pupils can address to a character and receive a reply on the website the following day.
These resources could be used in a variety of settings – whole class teaching, group work or independently. Worth a look!
Inclusive Technology have a section on their website called HelpKidzLearn with free games and activities. These are high quality resources giving you a taster of some of Inclusive’s bespoke software. From simple Cause and effect switching activities you can progress onto ‘Wait then Press’ activities (eg. Mystery Egg in the Early Years section). Increase a pupil’s concentration and co-ordination skills with Catch the Crocs (games section) or improve letter recognition on the keyboard by playing Letter Pop! (Find out section). Have fun!