TM SEN 28th Jan 2012

Here are some of the notes I made from last week’s Teachmeet SEN in Leicester. They are very much in note form and I didn’t make notes about everything so sorry if some presentations are missing:

Tony Sheppard @grumbledook Visual impairment resources – use magnifiers in gdocs, VoiceOver on ipad – lots of accessibility features on iPad if you look in settings. A great blog to follow is the ‘An iPad app a day’ blog by Joe Dale. In the month of Jan he featured lots of accessiblilty features, including different taps, turning on text to speech and spell checker/reader functions.

Befuddlr to make jigsaws play on iwb (can’t remember who mentioned this – didn’t write it down!)

Greg Perry @gregperry_ Define a hat- what makes a hat? Very difficult to define. Have a range of resources. Something that goes on your head – put bowl on head. Keep questioning to develop explanantions. Have a variety of hat-like objects: Police helmet, cycle helmet, wig, bowl etc what’s the difference between a helmet and a hat? A wig and a hat? Etc.

Define a dog
Define freezing

Emma Manley @ejmanleyUsing visual timetable – you are doing these activities, bit of choice over order but must happen so that chn feel safe. Break big lessons into smaller chunks on visual timetable. Add extra things into visual timetable as chn learn routines.

Carol Allen @caroljallenTransition points difficult, chn can’t cope. Lead to behavioural problems. Transfer of visual focus could be difficult for sen as lots of transition points. Reading and retaining info from transferring from paper to screen – lots of transition points. Put paper at a right angle so in the same visual field as the computer screen. Reduces transition points.

HD video camera with a built in projector – 3M provides chn with instant feedback which many chn with sen need. Can project straight on to wall. Would also be great for instant feedback in pe lessons for chn to evaluate performances.

Notes from the debate:
Digital key rings are available for chn who need reminders about things. Could act a bit like a visual timetable.

Using kindles for assistive tech – lots of features such as ability to read text aloud.

Power of positives for chn. Use the acronym Mice =maths is cool and easy with a maths class to make them feel more confident.

Bs8878 creating accessible website guidance

Inclusion networks Facebook page

Put visual clues alongside text to help reading

Simon Finch @simfinVideo instructions for children who can’t keep up. Instant replay for them at their desks. Chn could record themselves as teacher talks. Also can get buttons to record audio instructions.

Polaroid pogo – instant pictures.

Bev Evans @bevevans22 Incredibox– music site where chn can build their own rhythms.

Paul James @pjjames Storybird– encourages chn to write. Chn select pictures from those available on the site then write story to go with pictures. Great thing is the story is published on the website – chn feel proud to have their work there and can show others.

Mary Farmer @ebd35  – Literacy isn’t just about pen and paper – ability to tell stories also very important and can be a brilliant way in for chn who struggle with writing. Mary showed us a video that her children had made in their playtime by narrating the story on an iphone, then drawing pictures to go with it. Mary put into a video for the children.

Marc Faulder @marc_faulder and Ceri Williams @cerirwilliams talked about using the Kinect. Marc used Kinectimals to develop gross motor skills with foundation stage children which then helped improve their fine motor skills for writing. Ceri was developing his own kinect programs linking up the sensor to a laptop to encourage movement through creating colourful images by moving your body.

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