sense education

sense education is run by helen curran , an ex-colleague, and I can vouch for her ability and commitment to give a parent or school the right advice about dyslexia ( by the way she isn’t paying me to say this!!) . Take a look at her website:-

http://sense-education.co.uk/wordpress/

On-screen keyboard has word prediction facility in Windows 8.1

Just discovered that if you search for “on screen” in Windows 8 you get a much more complete keyboard and a built in word prediction tool. A freebie and useful addition to Windows 8 .1 and would like to hear how this might help your pupils in class using the word prediction to help dyslexia pupils.

eBooks

Windows 8 apps provide a range of classic and fiction books most at no costs. The format is easy to read and use. For those with physical difficulties using a switch to emulate the spacebar for turning pages could enable children to be more independent. Crick USB Switch box (£99) from Inclusive Technology allows you to program a switch to perform this operation. But most switch devices will allow the space bar to be employed.

Here are a some  apps to get you going:-

  • Book bazaar
  • Free Books
  • Kindle ( pay for books)
  • Encyclopeadia Brittanica
  • Nook
  • Kobo
  • Overdrive ( get books from your local library)
  • Youversion Bible
  • Inspiring Stores
  • Read with Biff, Chip and Floppy

Have fun rreading on your PC!

eBooks

Windows 8 apps provide a range of classic and fiction books most at no costs. The format is easy to read and use. For those with physical difficulties using a switch to emulate the spacebar for turning pages could enable children to be more independent. Crick USB Switch box (£99) from Inclusive Technology allows you to program a switch to perform this operation. But most switch devices will allow the space bar to be employed.

Here are a some  apps to get you going:-

  • Book bazaar
  • Free Books
  • Kindle ( pay for books)
  • Encyclopeadia Brittanica
  • Nook
  • Kobo
  • Overdrive ( get books from your local library)
  • Youversion Bible
  • Inspiring Stores
  • Read with Biff, Chip and Floppy

Have fun rreading on your PC!

Special iApps

Parents started this company  for both Apple and Android . it’s rare to find apps that cover both operating systems for special needs. Looking at the way the apps are designed they would suit a 1:1 interaction with a teacher or language therapist. One of the problems of many apps is that they cover too many concepts at once making it difficult for those with learning difficulties to pick up the information. in Special iApps they have kept the concept to one eg shapes are shapes and not colour and shapes. This is a real plus for those teaching a particular concept to a child with special needs. It could be used to teach or revision. What seems key to me is that it would be beneficial for the App to be incorporated into a teaching and learning context  where the app is use to gain a response spoken or signed by the pupils.

Concepts dealt with are

Words

Numbers

Shape and Colour

and Emotions which may be useful for ASD as well.

Go over and look at what they have to offer at:-

https://www.specialiapps.org/apps