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ILF Scotland Transition Fund Now Open!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

ILF Scotland has now opened the Transition Fund! The Fund will initially support those aged between 16 and 21, who are at an important transitional stage in their lives.

The Fund will provide short term grants (with £5 million of funding available per year) to young disabled people, providing them with opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities, creating a lasting impact on their lives.

 

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said:

“We want everyone in society to have the same quality of life, and providing support to disabled people is one of the areas we have worked on. This Transition Fund will support young disabled people to take up opportunities to contribute to and participate in their communities, to help them live as independently as possible.

“We have worked directly with disabled people to develop this fund and to ensure that we give people choices and treat them with the fairness, dignity and respect they deserve. I would encourage all those who are eligible to apply for funding to do so now.”

 

Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said:

“I’m delighted this fund is now open for application. Our Disability Action Plan lists a number of actions to transform the lives of disabled people in Scotland and that includes actions setting out to tackle the inequalities and barriers faced by disabled young people, including tackling social isolation, employment opportunities and improving lives at points of transition.”

Young disabled people will be able to apply to the Transition Fund for a grant to enable them to participate in activities in their communities they have never had the opportunity to before, such as joining a club or a class.

Ryan Cuzen, an individual looking to apply to the Transition Fund, said:

“I see this fund as a positive step forward and a gate opener for young disabled folk in transition to improve their lifestyle and to get out and about.

“I want to be able to try new adult orientated activities, like mixed martial arts, and applying to the Transition Fund would give me the chance to do this.

“The hope is that the fund will give young disabled people, including myself, more confidence and help to develop community social skills.”

Peter Scott, CEO of ILF Scotland, remarked:

“We are thrilled that our Transition Fund is now open, providing a real opportunity for young disabled people to break down social barriers, and to fully participate in their communities, enhancing their independence.

“Disabled people, their organisations and their carers have been at the heart of developing this fund and its implementation. We will continue to work closely with them to maximise positive outcomes and the impact of the Transition Fund for young disabled people.”

To find out more information about the Transition Fund, the full eligibility criteria and how to apply, please go to the Transition Fund section of our website here.

Haysholm ASN School use Glow Blogs to develop skills & confidence⤴

from @ Glow Gallery

Haysholm School is one of four ASN schools in North Ayrshire. It is a non-denominational school for pupils aged 5 – 18 with severe and complex additional support needs. Their catchment area extends to Largs and the Garnock Valley. The current role is 24, 15 primary aged pupils and 9 secondary aged pupils, all of whom have an Individualised Educational Programme (IEP).

The school vision is to provide learners with a happy and high quality learning and teaching environment to develop their strengths, skills and talents.  Staff  work in partnership with parents and partners to deliver a curriculum that enables learners to reach their full potential and to be as functionally independent as possible. It is their aim to ensure that all pupils are fully included, accepted and, where possible,  can contribute to the community in which they live and learn.

Yvonne Gribben, the Head Teacher, was one of the first staff members in North Ayrshire to engage with Glow blogs and in session 2013 -14 established the Haysholm School website using a public Glow blog.

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Yvonne wanted a website to engage with parents and share the pupils’ work in a way that would suit the busy lives of all those concerned with the school. Being a public blog, parents and carers can access it on the Internet at a time that suits them.

The blog became very popular and Yvonne decided that the next step was creating blogs for the classes to allow pupils to share their learning directly with their parents and carers.

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Classroom assistants maintain these blogs and they are regularly updated with photos and text about pupils’ achievements.

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Yvonne: “Haysholm School have been trialling Glow blogs as a way of recording learners’ journeys to map progression across the 4 contexts for learning. A sample of pupils were selected (one from each class) to trial this and their parents/carers invited to be trained in uploading evidence of wider achievements from home.  Although in the very early stages, we can see that this is the way forward for documenting evidence of progression for our learners. As most of our learners are visual learners this is an excellent way of engaging them in looking at and raising their awareness of what they are learning and what their strengths are.  It is a good focus for literacy and development of communication skills as well as working on the use of digital technology.”

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Rosslyn Lee, the Glow Development Officer, worked one morning with the classroom assistants who work with four of the pupils. They set up and customised the blogs to reflect the personalities of the pupils and learned how to make posts and upload photos of the pupils.

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A few months later, the parents of each child were invited in to a workshop with Rosslyn where the rationale behind the blogs was explained to them. They also logged into their child’s blog and learned how to make posts and upload photographs.  This means that each of these four children can now have their achievements within and outwith school, recorded electronically.

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The parents were very enthusiastic about the blogs and generated a lot of discussion about what could be uploaded into them. Rosslyn showed them how to create a photo gallery and talked about the possibility of linking to videos in the school’s Microsoft Video Channel.

This was originally a pilot with only four pupils, however the school have recently decided to proceed with individual blogs for all their learners next year as a way of recording evidence of successes and achievement.

 

Inclusion Team Professional Learning and Engagement Calendar⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Here is the Inclusion Team’s Professional Learning and Engagement Calendar.

Click here to download a copy.

Follow the Inclusion Team on Twitter and look out for our new Inclusion Hub on Glow.

Date Title Location Contact for further details/booking
04 September 2015 Looked After Children and CSPs Edinburgh Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
9 September 2015 RA National Training Recall (for practitioners from the June 2015 cohort) Glasgow Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
10 September 2015 Innovate for Inclusion – Currciulum for Excellence and special schools and units Glasgow Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
16 September 2015 RSW Link Officer Meeting (for identified link officers only) Glasgow Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
20 October 2015 Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights Europa Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
22 October 2015 Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights Edinburgh Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
29 October 2015 Glasgow Inclusion 2015 Shared Education Glasgow Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
2/3 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 1 of 2 Glasgow Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
04 November 2015 Aberdeen Inclusion 2015 Aberdeen Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
05 November 2015 Aberdeen Complex Conversation Aberdeen Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
10/11 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 1 of 2 Edinburgh Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
23/24 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 2 of 2 Glasgow Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
25 November 2015 Inclusion Scotland 2015 Dingwall Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
26 November 2015 Sensory Support Conversation: Northern Dingwall Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
07 December 2015 SFL Edinburgh TBC Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
15/16 December 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 2 of 2 Edinburgh Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Inclusion Team Professional Learning and Engagement Calendar⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Here is the Inclusion Team’s Professional Learning and Engagement Calendar.

Click here to download a copy.

Follow the Inclusion Team on Twitter and look out for our new Inclusion Hub on Glow.

Date Title Location Contact for further details/booking
04 September 2015 Looked After Children and CSPs Edinburgh Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
9 September 2015 RA National Training Recall (for practitioners from the June 2015 cohort) Glasgow Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
10 September 2015 Innovate for Inclusion – Currciulum for Excellence and special schools and units Glasgow Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
16 September 2015 RSW Link Officer Meeting (for identified link officers only) Glasgow Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
20 October 2015 Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights Europa Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
22 October 2015 Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights Edinburgh Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
29 October 2015 Glasgow Inclusion 2015 Shared Education Glasgow Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
2/3 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 1 of 2 Glasgow Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
04 November 2015 Aberdeen Inclusion 2015 Aberdeen Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
05 November 2015 Aberdeen Complex Conversation Aberdeen Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
10/11 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 1 of 2 Edinburgh Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
23/24 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 2 of 2 Glasgow Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
25 November 2015 Inclusion Scotland 2015 Dingwall Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
26 November 2015 Sensory Support Conversation: Northern Dingwall Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
07 December 2015 SFL Edinburgh TBC Andrew.McArthur@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk
15/16 December 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 2 of 2 Edinburgh Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

TeachMeet Tablet – Using the iPad to support Learners with Additional Support Needs⤴

from @ EdCompBlog

Craig Mill - Using the iPad to support Learners with Additional Support Needs 
{Live capture but with later edits and additions.}

Craig Mill - CALL Centre Edinburgh
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Photo by David Muir
Seven ideas in seven minutes. A whistle-stop tour through how the iPad supports learners with additional support needs.

Talked first about CALL Centre and some of the resources they make available, for example, iPads for Communication Access Literacy and Learning, a free downloadable eBook. A new eBook for supporting children with dyslexia on its way.

Safari browser on iPad has a Reader button to make the text of a page easier to access, as Craig said, “It unclutters it all”. When using Reader, you can change the font size as well as access all the built in iPad tools such as define, copy, speak etc.

Other built in tools make the iPad a great device for pupils with Additional Support Needs. Shortcut to accessibility functions is to triple click on the home button. He demonstrated VoiceOver with a screen curtain on. VoiceOver has transformed the lives of many visually impaired people. He also demonstrated the zoom feature. Assistive Touch makes the volume controls, screenshots, and gestures such as pinch can be made accessible. There are also a growing number of accessories, such as wheelchair mounts, keyboard guards, mouth sticks, switch access tools, etc.

As he ran out of time, he switched to demonstrating, and saying a brief word about, a range of apps. These included:
…And more that I probably missed!

Watch the unedited video of TeachMeet - Craig's section runs from about 12:00 to 22:00. (A ten minute mega presentation!)

Let’s Tap: Good, good, good, good vibrations⤴

from @ @derekrobertson's...

Sometimes your best ideas for classroom practice can be found in the most unlikeliest of places. Well just the other day I think I stumbled upon another excellent opportunity for learning via a COTS game. I had heard about a game called Let's Tapfrom the Nintendo Wii and that the gameplay involved tapping the desk in order for the Wiimote to pick up the vibrations. Said vibrations would then control what happened in the game. Well. the most certainly do and I found myself playing this game for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon with my Development Officer at the Consolarium Brian McLaren. What larks we had and after an hour of mirth, discussion and competition the ladies in the main office in LTSDundee said that we were, "squealing like a couple of lassies!" (No sexist inference from me...just reporting what was said.)

Well what is Let's Tap? Have a look:


The game involved include:

Tap Runner: Sprint for the finish line in over 16 courses while avoiding obstacles including hurdles, ice wall and electric fields. (1-4 players)

Rhythm Tap: There are a wide range of songs to master in Rhythm Tap. Feel the beat and tap light, medium, hard in sync with the on-screen tap indicators. (1-4 players)

Silent Blocks: Different modes using light and hard taps to strategically remove blocks one at a time from the column without causing it to topple over. (1-4 players)

Bubble Voyager: Clad in a space suit, solo players tap to keep their character afloat through many levels filled with dangerous objects; a double tap will launch a missile. In multiplayer matches, you will shoot each other a number of times to win. (1-4 players)

Visualizer: Everyone will take their turn with several unique stages including Fireworks, Paint, River, Gem Game and Ink. Tapping with light, medium and hard strokes produces on-screen effects ranging from a fireworks display to undersea bubbles. In special tap sequences, various sea animals will appear. (1 player)

I feel that there is scope for the incorporation of all of the games in to the classroom in one way or another but the one that has really resonated with me is the Visualiser and the possibilities that this may have in the ASN context. Brian and I were lost in this part of the game and found ourselves orchestrating the most vivid and wildly beautiful firework displays, causing consternation in the coy pool or creating random Jackson Pollockesque canvases (ok maybe pushing it a little) by by tapping and banging on the table. The impact on a large projection screen within this game as a result of a simple tap or bang is just simply wonderful.

I'd very much like to see what this game could bring to the experiences of learners in the ASN context because of the simple way that players can engage with the game and the incredible return they get from a simple tap on a desk. I hope to report back on ways in which it has been put to use in schools very soon. I wholeheartedly recommend this game just for the fun aspect but yet again within a game designed for entertainment we see great educational potential.