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
Another tool app for office 365 users is Microsoft Forms . You can sign up and use this tool independently of office 365. if you use Google forms you will like this tool. It does have the added bonus of having a video inclusion which you can’t do in Google forms directly. I found the interface intuitive and it’s good for me and those who use Office 365 to have the app in one place for its instant use making work flow simpler and more efficient. I think Google may feel they have copied them even down to the Questions and Responses Tab! To try it out go to:-
AAS & NSM Training & Consultancy are proud to announce one -day training that will take place this autumn on “Simple coding for Early Years, Primary & SEN.” Three locations around England & Wales :-
London: 21st September 2016
Manchester: 5th October 2016
Cardiff: 12th October 2016
The course is aimed to provide attendees with an understanding of t new computing curriculum and how it can be applied to pupils with special needs. For further details go to
Simple Coding – 1 Day £ 270 Courses
On the front cover of Special World you will find a follow-up article looking at the needs of older students with Dyslexia where ICT can help. It’s not a definitive but gives 10 suggestions for the type of products that would help those at work as well as at University.
Here is the link to follow:-
Supporting older students with Dyslexia
I have come across a couple of useful tools that deal with identification of need. The first tool is doitprofiler. This will identify for your school or workplace a need someone might have and make suggestions to help that individual. Their is a school and workplace tool. Go to http://www.dotiprofiler.com. Costs vary according to the tools used Screening + profiler £48
Vision screening can identify something that is often overlooked when considering someone’s lack of achievement . This free tool can enable you to find out if someone has a visual need. Worth checking your pupils out at http://www.screeningforschools.com/
If you prefer face to face training then take a look at this facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Visualisetraining?fref=ts. It’s not free but might provide you with valuable insights you could make to your organisation . Here is what they say:-
“I would like to invite you to one of our ‘Visual Impairment Awareness Open Courses’. We are running the following courses:
- Manchester 29th March
- Newcastle – 30th March
- Glasgow – 31st March
- London – 4th April
- Birmingham – 5th April
- Cardiff – 8th April
This training session will give you the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills and knowledge to support your visually impaired customers and staff effectively.
The course will cover:
- Main eye conditions and their effects
- Emotional impact of sight loss
- How to guide and assist a blind or partially sighted person
- Appropriate language and effective communication
- Reasonable adjustments in compliance with the Equality Act 2010
- The importance of eye health care
- How the built environment can enable or disable people
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Please find attached leaflet and invite your colleagues.
Visualise Training and Consultancy
If you missed the free webinair then don’t dispair! I have made a recording for you to see the main points and listen to. It lasts 35 mins so pull up a chair, a coffee ( or glass of wine if you prefer!) and listen to and learn from Myles as he explains what “making the workplace accessible,” means. Click on the link below.
“Making the workplace accessible -webinair”
Take a look and widely publicise this hubpage to potential users of our consultancy service.