Digital Technologies and Special Needs
‘Technology is not the magic answer but rather an interactive multimedia resource that can provide motivational teaching and learning tools for a wide range of students. A range of hardware and software options will be explored but emphasis is placed on using technology to support the curriculum and the individual education plan of the pupil’
- Introduction to Assistive Technologies
- Specialist High Tech hardware and peripherals
- Specialist Software options for SEN
- Exploring Numeracy & Literacy Software
- Assistive Technology Planning & Practical Issues
All our courses require broadband Internet access (Min of 2mb recommended) and participants need to be familiar with using the internet, downloading and installing software.
Teachers will understand the importance of assistive technologies for pupils with SEN in both special and mainstream school settings. Teachers will be introduced to the concept of high, medium and low/no tech equipment with practical examples of each. A range of alternative and adaptive input devices such as keyboards and mice will be discussed and demonstrated. They will be made aware of a range of software suitable for use with SEN pupils They will be a focus on content free software that allows the teacher to differentiate educational content and to tailor computer activities to meet the learning needs of pupils. Teachers will be able to plan on what suitable ICT resources to use in support of learners needs and know where to get advice and information to assist in their planning.
Participants will have an understanding of the assistive technologies available to support the education of students with special needs and a range of disabilities. They will be familiar with various hardware and peripheral options for SEN, software especially content free packages and the educational strategies and guidelines for use of these technologies and materials in various educational settings.
Delivered online, this course can be taken anytime, anywhere between July 1st and August 23rd 2019. Participants will be encouraged to engage meaningfully with course content for approximately 20 hours. Whilst engagement with the course content will be primarily judged on the quality of their contributions, a log of their time spent working on the course will be kept.