Posted in Chrome, Cross curricular, ICT Support, Inclusion, IWB, Literacy, Teaching & Learning

Flippity – heck this could be useful!

In its own words flippity allows you to:

Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards
and Other Cool Stuff

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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 Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, Chrome, CPD/Training/Events, Cross curricular, ICT Support, Inclusion, Literacy, Numeracy, Teaching & Learning

Kami – interact with your PDFs

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The Assistive Technology Support Service has been sifting through various tools that might meet the many and varied needs of teachers and pupils as Chromebooks roll out across Highland schools.

PDF annotation seems to be a significant need.

Many pieces of teachers’ work for pupils already exist as PDF worksheets. The ability to annotate such material opens up many opportunities for pupils to interact directly with these worksheets as we move towards 1:1 device availability.

Kami is a good example of such a well-functioned tool to allow pupils to:

  • Digitally answer questions directly into the workspace
  • Comment directly on PDF texts
  • Draw shapes and diagrams to express knowledge and understanding
  • Utilise text-to-speech to support those with reading difficulties
  • Kami integrates with Google Classroom and Drive so files can be shared easily in both directions.

Get your Kami Chrome extension here.

 

If you want a demonstration or an opportunity to use Kami please be in touch.

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Kami website here

Posted in Assistive Technology Software, Cross curricular, ICT Support, IWB, Numeracy, Teaching & Learning

Clicker 6/7 as a teaching tool

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 – not least it provides a clear view of what’s being shown that 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.

Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, Chrome, Cross curricular, ICT Support, iPad, Literacy, Personal, Teaching & Learning

Reader View – easier to see, read or hear.

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.