Tag Archives: ICT Support

Clicker 6/7 as a teaching tool⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

We at ATSS absolutely love, and live by, Clicker 6 and 7. It’s so versatile. Many many teachers use it to support children’s writing but fewer, it seems, use it as a demonstration tool on their interactive whiteboards. The benefits of doing this are many – it provides a clear view of what’s being shown but can also be transferred to the pupil’s computer screen to allow them to work in exactly the same manner as the demonstration.

My son was working on Partitioning 2 digit numbers so I made him this to practise on. If I was demonstrating this to a class of pupils I’d certainly use my template – and let them use it to step them through the process.

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Download the above Clicker 6 template here.


Filed under: Assistive Technology Software, Cross curricular, ICT Support, IWB, Numeracy, Teaching & Learning

Reader View – easier to see, read or hear.⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

Webpages can be very messy places to read from: broken or wandering text – often split at odd paces to accommodate a picture or advert, font sizes that are too small and shapes not really considerate to those with reading difficulties.

The Safari browser for Mac/iPad/iPhone has had Reader View built in for quite some time allowing users to strip the extraneous stuff out of the page leaving clean, plain text which can also be sized and have its font and background settings changed.http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/974045

There’s an extension for Google Chrome that does, virtually, the same thing – it’s called Reader View and you can download it/install it to your Chrome browser here.

The extension looks like this when your browser is on most front/home pages that are links rather than text-based articles.reader view index

The extension icon changes when Reader View is available (text-based articles). reader view text

When the icon is clicked the page will change from a standard page to a clear, stripped down Reader View with font size, shape, and background colour/themes available down the right-hand side of the page.

This is the type of extension that should be made available for all pupils who have dyslexia, visual impairments, or any difficulty with reading that might be helped by seeing cleaner, clearer, more appropriately sized text. Using text-to-speech support software is also often easier to utilise with text that is spaced out in this way.


Filed under: Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, Chrome, Cross curricular, ICT Support, iPad, Literacy, Personal, Teaching & Learning

Seesaw gets an update.⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

IMG_0262Lots of schools are using Seesaw now – it’s hard to believe we only introduced it to most folks just 2-3 years ago.

This week saw an update (version 5) that introduces a few new and some improved features for both teachers and pupils.

Check out all the things that are possible with Seesaw.  


Filed under: Assistive Technology Software, Chrome, Cross curricular, ICT Support, Teaching & Learning

Clicker 7 & Chrome Apps⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

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Many schools have been using Clicker 6 successfully over the past few years but because of our impending move towards Chromebooks there’s been no talk or impetus behind upgrading to Clicker 7. Despite the changes that are about to take place over the coming couple of years as many of our pupils are moved to Chromebooks there are compelling reasons why schools might want to consider upgrading to Clicker 7.

  • Teachers will still be using PCs to drive their IWBs and can make excellent use of Clicker 7 for class lessons that can neatly interface with pupils who might be using one or more of the available Clicker apps on their Chromebooks. The Clicker Board planning tool springs immediately to mind.C7 Board
  • There will still be PCs in our schools to meet the more demanding and varied needs of our pupils with additional support needs. Only Clicker 7 offers the full range of functionality that allows for adaptations that might include combinations of pictorial support along with text and speech.
  • The full range of writing, predictive and speech support, reading, matching, sequencing, Listen & Say, Voice recording, and accessibility is present within Clicker 7.
  • The apps (for both Chrome & iPad) are fantastic (but only) subsets of the full Clicker 7 package.

 

 


Filed under: Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, Chrome, ICT Support, Inclusion, Teaching & Learning

Padlet – create and collaborate.⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

imageThe ATS Service has been using and promoting Padlet since it first appeared under its original name, Wallwisher. It’s a fantastic classroom (or bedroom for homework) tool for collaborative working.

Usually we use it as part of our CPD sessions with staff and just make passing reference to its possibilities. We mention where to find Padlet and most teachers just pick it up and run with it.

Over the years Padlet has had many new features added to it: more ways of recording ideas – text, photos, video, voice recording. It’s had new layout and distribution options added … and more.

I came across a fantastic blog post by Vicki Davis TheCoolCatTeacher that explains Pafdlet in detail and provides a great guided tour through all its functions.

So, if you’re new to Padlet, or have only used its basic functionality you really should have a read through Vicki’s guide which can be found here.

It’s worth having a look at Padlet’s gallery of examples which is here.

 


Filed under: ICT Support

An Accessibility boost for OneNote⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

Microsoft OneNote could receive an accessibility boost if a group of programers’ work at a Hackathon comes to fruition. They set out during their week at the Hackathon event to try to solve an existing problem and they decided to work on literacy supports for reading and writing within OneNote.

Read about it here: Blog Post.

The add in will create a new tab for ‘Literacy Tools’.

OneNote Add in

Let’s hope this piece of work gets finished and that we can have easy access to these tools.

 

 


Filed under: ICT Support

Writing in our classrooms – Jane Farrall⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

imageI always enjoy reading Jane’s blog but this post is especially concise and asks the simple but important questions we need to be asking of ourselves as supporters of young people’s writing development.

http://www.janefarrall.com/writing-in-our-classrooms/

Summary information is available on the blog but jus in case you missed it – here’s a link!


Filed under: ICT Support, Inclusion, Teaching & Learning