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1 Tablets: part of the SEN toolkit? Abi James Head of Product Innovation iansyst Ltd

2 Technology & SEN: What are we looking to achieve? Engagement Motivation Achievement Access

3 Why are we using technology Multi-sensory Confidence-building, motivating Removes barriers to the curriculum Develops independence Delivers personalised curriculum A computer is a patient

4 Tablets as an Assistive Technology New story or old?

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6 So what is different about new tablet technology? Mainstream – Cool – Better knowledge base and support Cost-effective Light & Robust More applications? Truly multi-sensory, multi-touch

7 How can tablets be used to support SEN and disabilities?

8 Communication & AAC iOS Apps: Proloquo2Go Predicatable Grid Player Also… -Flash based web resources: Symbolworld.org -Flashcard apps

9 Touchscreen allows instant cause & effect -Pop Goes the Bubble, -Ballonanimals, -SoundTouch Use drawing packages to interact with photographs NB consider switch accessibility

10 Literacy Support Wide range of spelling apps & activities Text to speech – Hearing words as they are typed helps improve spelling – Reading aloud with synchronised highlighting improves reading skills Engaging with multimedia activities – Annotate photos to encourage reluctant readers

11 Video Demonstrations CapturaTalk 4 Android – Using speech to correct spelling – Reading with highlighting Skitch & CapturaTalk 4Android – Annotating a photo – OCR & TTS

12 Built-in support for visual impairment & magnification Screen-reading: – VoiceOver (iOS) – TalkBack (Android) Magnification – Pinch & Zoom – Photos & Video support Braille output support

13 Note-taking support Capture and organise notes using Notebook apps Capture short pieces of information e.g. Evernote Support note taking with audio, photo and video tools Hand-writing recognition, speech recognition…

14 Organisation & Memory Visual and auditory alarms Visual / tactile calendars & timetables Develop memory & processing skills through fun games Mind concept mapping tools

15 Adapting tablets to suit all needs Android – very good support; can attach mouse and keyboard alternatives iOS – Apps must be specifically written to support switch access Bluetooth & wired switch solutions available

16 Adapting tablets to suit all needs Bluetooth & wired switch solutions available Protector cases, support and mounting make tablets suitable for a wide range of environments

17 Using Apps as an educational resource…

18 The App-ification of software Average shelf-life of an iPhone app is 90 days (2009) OS updates on mobile devices are frequent How can we support apps over a number of years? Web apps (traditional or HTML) vs. installed apps

19 Pitfalls of app stores UK or US English Free vs. paid – beware adverts, limited functionality Accessible? Logistics of installing and updating apps Multi-user licenses? App store reviews vs. qualified, educational assessment

20 Abi James, Iansyst Ltd Fen House Fen Road Cambridge CB4 1UN Tel:


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