What is SOLID? It’s the brainchild of Sir Tim Berners-Lee who wants a new kind of web where ideas can be shared freely with no restrictions or rules as such. This is a risk. But when listening to him on Monday evening at the lecture at the Business Design Centre it was clear that Sir Tim thinks we need a mid-course correction for the worldwide web he invented. Hence this idea – SOLID.

So how can I describe SOLID? It feels like a wiki and yet it’s a personal cloud storage area. There are contacts lists, folders, files, documents. A place to store things. A place to share things. Public and private. It feels very, very basic and geeky with areas where code is listed for your site – presumably to share with others what you have built.

And that’s the key! It’s true free content with no control and stripped to its essential component. I still trying to get my head around it so to begin with I using it for a project to do with training in Assistive Technology. Keep everyone posted.

If you want to follow what I am doing then go to:-

Episode 1 – Cerebral Visual Impairment

This is the first of many weekly broadcasts about Assistive Technology and the disabilities or conditions encountered that AT can help overcome.

CVI is a condition whereby sensory integration is difficult – either sight or sound but difficulties with using both over time . In other words, the sufferer of this condition will struggle with lengthy and prolonged activity and therefore needs regular rest breaks

Alternative Methods of Recording – BATA webinar on the 28th November

BATA are hosting a webinar on the 28th November at 3:45pm on the above topic. Looking at how to make successful interventions using assistive technology. Lee Chambers and Myles Pilling will be leading the seminar. Cost £6.00 . Details are below:-

Claro Phoneme Generator

My colleague Martin Litten developed this out of experience and teaching practise in India. The construction of words needs a technical approach which requires understanding of the component parts of a word. Dyslexic students do struggle with strategies that are phonetically driven but actually have quite poor understanding of these elements. This free tool can be used on any browser and is really a tool for learning. I advise you read the guide on it’s use. Not every word you type in works but it concentrates on those commonly mis-spelt words that dyslexic learners have. The students can repeat the words and hear them over and over till you fully see understand that word’s construction

To access this click on the link below:-

For backgound information, user guide and an article on its development and use. click below:-

Dyslexia Symposium, University of Limerick

Quite a busy few days. Training parents and caters in Langham, Rutland. Then flying out to Cork, Ireland to attend a Dyslexia Symposium which was a good time with a wide range of speakers – ranging from access to work, to researchers to educationalists, university professors.

I never knew how big Cork is! I had to drive from Cork where my plane landed to attend the symposium in Limerick which took 1hr 45 mins. Actually over 2 hrs due to traffic through Cork. My Satnav took me that way which was long and slow. I learnt that the journey to Limerick took me through a couple of small towns typically one long street with few restaurants and many pubs!

The plane I am currently on is an ATR prop and is quite ecologically minded. Not uncomfortable with more leg room than my recent easyJet flight. Though the landing in Cork was a bit seat arm gripping! We came in fast and furious – I think the pilot was in a hurry to get somewhere!

It was great to attend the symposium and to make new friends in the University of Limerick. It is a huge campus with many, many students in comparison to Bath Spa University in size and number. I also learnt that with over 400 students requiring individual ICT support the task of provision was daunting in its logistics for examinations. Workable solutions such as scanning pens were needed. I also will take back to BATA the need to have one event in Ireland as the assistive technology needs to be driven as much there as here in the UK maybe some sort of exhibition event.

It was great to meet Nicola James (Lexxic) and Stephen Howell (Microsoft Ireland) . As both are involved in Ireland forming some sort of dialogue on how best to help showcase AT via the University of Limerick maybe an action point. It will need something big of the stature of Microsoft to make an impact at the decision making level of the University level to make a difference.

I was intrigued to know how I got invited to this event. Apparently, I was googled!!