Category Archives: Teaching & Learning

Writing in our classrooms – Jane Farrall

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!


Storyline Online – stories read for you by actors.

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ATS Service iPad Courses

Atss iPad courses May 2015


Vacancy: ATSS Development Officer

Vacancy: Two year contract/secondment with Highland’s Assistive Technology Support Service (ATSS) https://t.co/7GJJfofAYr


Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

“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.


ChooseIT Maker 3 – It’s Here!

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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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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.