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iPhone 8

Apple announced this week the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X which is an expensive phone which does away with the home key button. The iPhone 8 appeals to me as a photographer as the feature of studio lighting on the camera in live mode would be extremely useful and powerful. I currently use an iPhone 6 and I just love the camera feature and prefer ” the camera in my pocket” to the Nikon I carry around when taking photos. 12mg pixel doesn’t sound a lot but the retina HD makes up for that and hopefully will be a wonderful addition to the Apple Family.

Apple Watch series 3 also will be a useful tool. Apparently ( according to Apple that is!) the Apple Watch is the no1 selling watch in the states at the moment and stories of health and fitness success – and even saving lives dues to undetected medical conditions make it attractive. The series 3 is waterproof and packed with data features to extend its funcitonality including becoming cellular – which means it is a phone now!  In exercise you don’t want to be carrying your phone around so having something on your wrist would be liberating as well as being very useful.

iOS11 is just around the corner with a cleaner looking control panel and some other goodies can’t wait to see if any new accessibility features have been added. So roll on Apple! Kerching!

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eSafety- the problem posed by “The Blue Whale Challenge”

A seemingly innocuous challenged called the Blue Whale Challenge is encouraging children to commits suicide in a a games format write Mobicip – a browser that protects children from the dark side of the internet.  Read the following article:-

The Blue Whale Challenge

AbilityNet – “AT-Basics” FREE webinair – 27th September

Hello

Hope you are all well.

Just wanted to let you know about a webinar that we are running in September. The webinar will be co-hosted by Alex Barker, Advice and Information Officer from AbilityNet and Myles Pilling, the Wiltshire county-coordinator for ITCanHelp. Myles also has a wealth of experience on adaptive technology.

We are going to be looking at the basics of adaptive technology. No prior experience is required. We’ll take you through available technology and give you some insight into what type of users might want to use this equipment.

Here’s how to log-on.

AT Basics
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM BST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/902804157

You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0088

Access Code: 902-804-157

We’ll be recording this so if you can’t make it you can view it later.

With best wishes

Thanks

Alex

Help me raise £3,000 for BATA

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/john-lamb-2?utm_id=107&utm_term=gBgdjybea

 

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Tobii Dynavox I-111

New communication device from Tobii click on link below:-

Tobii Dynavox I-111

AT-Basics Webinar

Just wanted to let you know about a webinar that we are running in September. The webinar will be co-hosted by Alex Barker, Advice and Information Officer from AbilityNet and Myles Pylling, the Wiltshire county-coordinator for ITCanHelp. Myles also has a wealth of experience on adaptive technology.

We are going to be looking at the basics of adaptive technology. No prior experience is required. We’ll take you through available technology and give you some insight into what type of users might want to use this equipment.

Here’s how to log-on.

AT Basics

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM BST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/902804157

You can also dial in using your phone.

United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0088

Access Code: 902-804-157

We’ll be recording this so if you can’t make it you can view it later.

With best wishes

Thanks

Alex Barker from AbilityNet

iOS Tip: Learn about the new Control Centre coming in iOS 11.

This will be issued this month and apple users have been given this preview

https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/ios-11-preview/

ESight

This sounds great- immersive glasses that allow the legally blind to see ( must have some residual sight)

Esight

Natural Reader Online (Dave Banes)

Thanks to Dave Banes for this post:-

Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology of the Week 32/17 – Natural Reader 

Natural Reader is a well established text to speech technology that works across a variety of platforms. Windows, Android, iOS and online.

NaturalReader Online is a text-to-speech web application with high quality premium voices for personal use only. Login from any computer to convert any written text such as MS Word, PDF files, non-DRM eBooks, and webpages into spoken natural sounding speech.
https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/index.html

Windows and Mac
NaturalReader is a text-to-speech software for personal use. This easy-to-use software with natural-sounding voices can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails.
https://www.naturalreaders.com/software.html

iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/naturalreader-text-to-speech/id598798210?mt=8

Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.naturalsoft.naturalreader&hl=en_GB

screenshot of Natural reader for IOS

Collaborative Inquiry for Teachers and Pupils

I usually write about ICT and SEN but found this article interesting both as a teacher and a researcher. I feel that collaborative inquiry  amongst teachers from similar disciplines a great way to engage and motivate teachers and students. It sounds simple but the usual excuses of not enough time or finances seems to impede such things. So why not consider the long view and get senior management teams to consider planning a three year programme. MirandaNet can help put the academic element together with you and this would benefit the school in several ways:-

  • relates the the real issues of classroom practise
  • combines theory and practise whilst teaching a theoretical method to those unfamiliar with it.
  • sense of achievement through being in control of the research
  • joint ownership of the approach that is…
  • .. non-threatening due to peer mentoring
  • fresh ideas and new directions can emerge through the process of research
  • and a nice carrot of a certificate or outcome that is tangible would be good but I am sure not always certain.

Anyway, why not read for yourself and make some enquiries from Dr Gary Jones, University of Bristol, about it as an alternative to your usual CPD:-

Collaborative Inquiry for Teachers and Pupils

 

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