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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



Microsoft Forms

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:-

Simple coding for Early Years, Primary & SEN

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

Supporting older students with Dyslexia

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

Screening for individual needs

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 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

If you prefer face to face training then take a look at this facebook page 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.

Kindest Regards,

Daniel Williams

Managing Director

Visualise Training and Consultancy


Twitter:VisualiseTC ”


Webinair -“Making the workplace accessible”

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”


AAS on hub pages

Take a look and widely publicise this hubpage to potential users of our consultancy service.

The Education Show


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Exhausted! Exhilirated! That’s the words to describe how I feel after spending three days speaking and working on Tablet Academies stand. Met and talked to some lovely delegates to the exhibition as well as learning about amazing technology. Just go to my facebook page to see that. It’s on the side panels if you need to find it.

The device that makes you look like a borg is an access device that converts you thoughts into actions which is amazing.You just thing an action on the screen and you literally move it by your thought. You can control the mouse pointer in this way but it is more tricky! The implications for the physically disabled and brain injury patients to improve their concentration is amazing too. Called an Emotiv this device is available from CBIS – its not cheap but in terms of releasing the potential its a life changer for those trapped in their bodies. It also offers insights into the brain’s activity – something that may help understand conditions and how thinking and states of alertness occur for autism and those with severe complex needs. Truly amazing!

The Musii is a device tablet academy are selling through their store that allows co-operation between pupils and students. Three tube like protrubences are inflated so that when press the air displaced triggers sensors which in turn trigger a synthesizer. Tactile , and creative in that sounds can be mixed. It comes with an android remote that allows you to change the soundscape. There are 50 soundscapes that you can programme into the musii.  Applications are for the medical settings like children’s hospitals, sensory rooms in special schools and nurseries and music therapy settings.

Finally, a little device called a romo it allows you to place a ipod touch or iphone into a carrier which you then interact with the software. It’s like a robot but engages pupils to make decisions and perform progressive tasks . It’s programming but different.



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