Day 27 – IPad and SEN in Secondary – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

After the iPads & SEN In Secondary course, I like to finish with three points, the best toolkit. problems and take back to school messages.

1. Best toolkit

Here are four options:

i.

Book Creator

Snap Type

Guided Access

Inspiration

Paper53

ii.

Book Creator

Popplet

Jumbled Sentences

Mr Thorne’s

Telling the Time

iii.

Book Creator

Phraseology

Reading Champion

Spell board

Write online

iv.

Book Creator

ModMaths

Guided Access

Spellosaurus

Voice Dream (with Load2Learn)

Speak and prediction enabled in Accessibility and use with Dragon Dictation.

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2. Problems
a) lack of secondary reading apps.

I suggested Reading Champion and Lexia but no fiction. A gap in the market here I think? Gazoom do a lovely Level 1-6 Magic Key series for primary; something age appropriate for secondary would be nice. Any ideas?

b). Sharing work – take pictures, email or print all options but far better is an eportfolio – I mentioned Foldr (foldr.io/blog/2015/02/27/aweso…), Google Drive and Own Cloud – any other ways?

c) Teachers nervous of use – a small demonstration from SENCO or a confident TA to all staff may help.

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3. Take back to School messages

* This tech can enable; it doesn’t replace skills

* Toolkit of apps

* TAs need:

Training so they can help student.

Time to prepare word banks, electronic copies of documents and materials for students.

Access to ipads to practice.

I hope this helps and thanks to the SENCOs and TAs who helped create this.

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