A guest post on great SEN apps. For many children access to school ended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus. Now that the spread is slowing down, however, they’re allowed to reopen fully. But a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Education Research found that 60% of school leaders feel ‘unprepared for some aspects of… Continue reading 5 Interactive Apps Geared Towards Special Needs Students
One of the most interesting things I found on the Twinkl site was the "create" feature, this allows you to build a range of resources from displays to interactive games to worksheets. Now I'm not the biggest fan of a worksheet but with a bit of laminating they can easily turn into a folder task. I hate seeing folders of random sheets that all use different fonts imagery etc. If I am creating a pack for a topic it is much better that all the resources have a common look and feel. It just looks more cohesive and planned.
On Youtube you can probably find a video that will link in with your lesson no matter what it is. These can be really effective teaching tools or a time filler. If needed you can use a "safe" version of youtube (Safetube) to remove the links, comments, and buttons that do quite often link to… Continue reading Using Videos to Boost Engagement.
The interactive whiteboard may well be the greatest ICT resource available to teachers today. It can also be the biggest waste of money possible. If used as a display device just buy a cheap flat screen TV. However for students with SEN the whiteboard can provide some fantastic opportunities for interaction and really motivating activities.… Continue reading Effective IWB use in SEN
Graphic Design Apps for Teacher Graphic design for teachers, or at least those of us not blessed with artistic talents used to be limited to choosing Comic Sans or Times New Roman for worksheets. Now thanks to the wonders of modern technology we can use a range of tools to create engaging and interesting visuals.… Continue reading 6 Apps for Creative Teachers.
Digital Natives is a phrase coined by Marc Prensky in his 2001 paper Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. He suggests that there has been a huge shift in the way young people today learn, identify themselves etc. This is due to a huge event (or Singularity). The widespread dissemination of digital technology. That as today's students… Continue reading 13 Signs you are not a Digital Native.
However you look at it students with additional needs do not have the same access to technology as their peers. Specialist equipment is very expensive. The school may have excellent provision, is this the same at home? In their residential provision? Will the same technology or better be available to them in their future placements?… Continue reading SEN Technology: Adaptations and Accessibility.
There are many ways to make a learning space more engaging, one of the quickest and most versatile is... the teacher. Running a close second is by using technology. In terms of interactivity specialist sensory room equipment cannot be beaten, it is hard wearing and well designed. However it is quite expensive. An effective sensory room is… Continue reading iPads in the Sensory Room
Always on the lookout for computing technology that is accessible and engaging to all my students I invested in 1 Ozobot. A small programmable robot. It is, I would say the simplest device I have bought to support our computing curriculum, In less than 5 minutes I had it running around the maze supplied with… Continue reading Inclusive Classroom: OZOBOT
A Great Start to the first #SpEdSC - Special Education Slow Chat. How can we encourage student Voice, the story of the chat is outlined annoyingly in reverse order below. For a new chat I don't think the stats are too bad. 49 users took part with 153 posts. There was some really positive support… Continue reading The First #SpEdSC: Summary
Now I love a good quote and image. I have been using the typorama app for a while. Teachers need Great visuals to engage students used to flashy advertising and constant media bombardment. I'm not sure if a study has been done on the effectiveness of images as inspiration or their effect on lezrning. But… Continue reading Using Typorama (ipad app) to Create Images & Posters.