Tag Archives: 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

Maths Apps – Manipulatives & More in Chrome & iPad⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

As more and more of our pupils are supplied with devices on a 1:1 footing it starts to make use of the tools in everyday learning more possible. I think it would be fair to say that most digital mathematical experiences for pupils in primary schools have tended towards games and content-filled puzzle websites rather than tools to help them visualise and manipulate during their actual maths lessons.

With more resources at hand, pupils can now be given the chance to use digital numberlines, number frames, manipulatives to help with numbers, fractions, and patterns, and use geoboards – without elastic bands!

This set of tools (available for both Chrome & iPad) from Clarity Innovations would be a great place to start connecting maths teaching & learning with digital resources more directly.

Learn more and download your apps here.

They work brilliantly on your IWBs too for teaching and demonstration.

 

 


Filed under: Assistive Technology Software, Chrome, Inclusion, IWB, Literacy, Numeracy, 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

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

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

“UDL research demonstrates that the challenge of diversity can and must be met by making curriculum flexible and responsive to learner differences.”

I’m asking participants at an upcoming course on using Clicker 6 to watch the video below to enable us to give some thought to how well the software might meet the principles of Multiple Means of Representation, Multiple Means of Action and Expression, and Multiple Means of Engagement that underpin Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

More information on UDL can be found on the National Centre Universal Design for Learning website.


Filed under: Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion, Teaching & Learning

ChooseIT Maker 3 – It’s Here!⤴

from @ Alan Stewart's AT Blog

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ChooseIT Maker 3 from Inclusive Technology is now available online as a subscription service via the already well-established HelpKidzLearn website. Not sure that schools really like this type of arrangement but the fact there are no installation costs to be considered might make up for the annual commitment.

The software boasts the ability to quickly and easily prepare activities for pupils online that can then be shared and used across any PC, Mac, iPad, or Android tablet. The activities themselves can be accessed via mouse, touchscreen, switches, and even eye-gaze. This makes CM3 an attractive assessment tool: those of us who work in assistive technology often have difficulty finding age-appropriate, relevant, personalised, motivating activities for pupils so the ability to quickly put something together could be a real boon.

As well as the software activities and the ability to use your own photographs, users will also have access to 30 000+ symbols from Widgit, Symbolstix, and Inclusive Technology.

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All of these details and more can be found on the ChooseIT Maker 3 flier which you can get here or by clicking on the images below.

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Filed under: Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion, Teaching & Learning