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The Last Post (on this anyway)

I’m responding to this where @thinkreadtweet replies to a blog I wrote about dysteachia. We’re in danger of playing ping pong at who is the most successful at teaching children to read I know. But @thinkreadtweet says children with low intelligence cannot be taught to read and I vehemently disagree.  I’ve taught lots of students with SEN …

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Day 27 – IPad and SEN in Secondary – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

After the iPads & SEN In Secondary course, I like to finish with three points, the best toolkit. problems and take back to school messages. 1. Best toolkit Here are four options: i. Book Creator Snap Type Guided Access Inspiration Paper53 ii. Book Creator Popplet Jumbled Sentences Mr Thorne’s Telling the Time iii. Book Creator …

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Day 25 – #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology Series

I have been very postive about Assistive Technology so far but it would be dishonest of me to finish this series without admitting to the problems. People sceptical of tech do have valid concerns and I don’t think I get it right all the time. On top of that, students change – technology they were …

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Day 22 Book Creator for SEN – #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology does not always have to be specifically with a need in mind. I think tablets have revolutionised SEN practices in the classroom; they allow students with complex needs to access the curriculum and participate in the classroom. I also think it has (or should) have changed the role of the TA – preparing …

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Day 21 – Choice Works – iPad app for students with ASD – #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technolog

I saw a Twitter conversation recently where a teacher said it was a standing joke at her school that the Educational Psychologist only ever recommended Visual timetables for children on the Autistic Spectrum. She had a point – clearly there is a lot more to supporting a student with autism than a visual timetable. The …

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Day 20 – Can’t Write Won’t Write #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology Series

I’ve been busy today being all #teacher5aday, the initiative run by @MartynReah. So this is a quickie. I blogged about ‘How to train your Dragon’ on Day 4. Using speech recognition takes practice and lots of training – it works brilliantly but not straight away. It also gets better with age as it begins to …

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Day 19 – Speaking Dictionary – #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technology

Some students who use speech recognition (Day 4 – How to train your Dragon) may not wish to use this tech in the classroom. I do encourage where possible – see this video which, although old, explodes the myth that it can’t be used in class. Understandably however some students wish to be a little …

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Day 14 – Assistive Technology – VoiceDream – #28daysofwriting

Wow, we’re half way through. When I started this I wasn’t really sure if I’d make the 28 days but I’m feeling more confident now. It’s a real discipline to write everyday and I’ve enjoyed it. I have had a brilliant response from people for the assistive technology series – thanks to all those who …

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Day 13 – iPad – Accessibility options – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

When I first met iPad I admired its smooth appearance, its minimalist style and effortless charm. It was so intuitive, like it knew me, and I fell for it, truely, madly, deeply. We’ve been together a long time now – it’s never let me down and has gone from my shiny, exciting new passion to …

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Day 10 – AudioNotetaker – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

Prefer your notes in audio? That’s all very well but it’s difficult to go back to organise and highlight relevant sections. This great piece of kit treats audio like text and it’s a brilliant idea. I first discovered AudioNotetaker by Sonocent at Betts 14 and have watched them grow since. Good products do and the …

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