Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, Chrome, ICT Support, Inclusion, iPad

TAP – a new input/control device.

A new way to input text and control devices.

TAP is a strap that you wear on your hand, and you type by tapping out different finger combinations. As an access device it could be of interest to people with VI, single handed typists, and anyone who wants a touch typing alternative.

Find out more here.

Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, Assistive Technology Software, Cross curricular, ICT Support, Inclusion, IWB, Teaching & Learning

Clicker beyond just writing.

I like this video because it includes and talks about important elements of Clicker that are often overlooked. Issues such as the variety of access methods and snippets of tailored choosing activities that can be seen in the background. One boy is using it for writing (which is great) but it’s by exploiting the power and adaptability within Clicker that’s paying off for these youngsters and their teachers.

Posted in AAC, Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, Assistive Technology Software

iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL) (2nd Edition)

The team at CALL Scotland has updated and expanded their iCALL book to take in new developments under IOS 7.1

This (free) book is a must for any school looking to develop support for pupils using iPads. Loads of useful information and pointers to the ‘best so far’ apps as well as tips to avoid the pitfalls.

Click image to download your copy from the CALL Scotland website.

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Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, Assistive Technology Software, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion

ICT & Inclusion Roadshow 2014 – Inverness

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The Assistive Technology Support Service is thrilled to announce that one of this session’s ICT & Inclusion Roadshow events is to be held in Inverness.

This well-established touring event returns for the first time since 2009 and brings together expertise from CALL Scotland, BRITE, as well as developers and suppliers of Assistive Technologies that support the inclusion of many of our pupils. It’s a chance to hear up-to-date news and developments (of which there are many) and to speak to the experts, face-to-face.

We hope that many teachers will attend the day (or part) and that we will be joined by our colleagues from Speech & Language and Occupational Therapy. Parents are also very welcome.

We will be sending out additional information sheets/booking forms but Highland Education staff should register via the Highland CPD Calendar.

ICT and Inclusion Roadshow, 2014

ICT and Inclusion is Scotland’s leading annual exhibition with a focus on the use of ICT to support learners with additional support needs.

This year’s roadshows are being held at:

Kingsmill Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP, 10th June

CALL Scotland, University of Edinburgh, 11th June

CALL Scotland and BRITE, the organisers of the event, have arranged for up to 20 of the UK’s leading suppliers of software and technology to support learners with additional support needs to take part in the exhibition and to give a short presentation on their latest products.

There will also be short presentations by staff from BRITE, CALL and local schools, colleges and services, illustrating the use of technology to support learning.

The days are free to attend and run from 9.00 until 4.00 pm. Lunch is provided for people who book in advance.

Though ICT and Inclusion is aimed mainly at staff from schools and colleges, equipment and software on display may be of interest to adults with disabilities and the people who support them.

The event is supported by Highland Council.

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Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion, Web 2.0

EasySwitch

“Quick and simple switch access”

To support their HelpKidzLearn website and the new generation of online apps and software, signalled by the launch of Choose IT Maker3, Inclusive Technology have put together a neat switch package to get started with the simple switching required of these sites.

The pack is called EasySwitch and comprises two wireless IT Switches (normally £55 each) and a USB dongle to enable connection to the computer.2003-191212114753-846615794The package price of just £99 makes this an attractive buy and the easy set-up instructions take away any time-consuming fiddling.

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Well done Inclusive Technology.

Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, Inclusion, Teaching & Learning

ChooseIT Maker 3

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I’m quite excited about the soon-to-be-launched ChooseIT Maker 3 for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it has loads of new features that are going to make the development of materials much simpler and more quickly. Secondly, this is going to be available through the wonderful HelpKidzLearn website. This means that the software will run in your browser and that no software has to be installed to school computers. Not sure yet of how this is going to affect costs but ease of access should make it worthwhile.

You can get a flavour of what ChooseIT Maker 3 can do by watching this video.

Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, Assistive Technology Software, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support

Clicker 6 – an introductory video

The Assistive Technology Support Service team hopes you’ll sign up for one of our interactive, informative courses on Clicker 6 but if you just want a flavour of what the software can do – watch this video.

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Course 1 29th August a.m.

Course 2 29th August p.m.

Course 3 30th August a.m.

Course 4 30th August p.m.

Sign in to Highland CPD required.