ECS Learning Hub

ECS Learning Hub

 Digital Learning

Using iPads to Support Literacy Difficulties

Target Audience: Upper primary and secondary.  Online synchronous presentation/recorded.

This online learning workshop will provide tips, tools and ideas on how the iPad can be used by high school learners who have literacy difficulties and are trying to cope with a high volume of curricular work and to organise their time and resources

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Date and Time: 11 November 2021 - 10.30am - 12.00pm 

 

Presenter: Craig Mill - CALL Scotland 

 

Aims and Outcomes:  This online learning workshop will provide tips, tools and ideas on how the iPad can be used by high school learners who have literacy difficulties and are trying to cope with a high volume of curricular work and to organise their time and resources;

 

Craig will demo the key built in accessibility features of the iPad such as:

 

  • Speak Screen and Speak Selection to have websites, assessment pdfs and online resources read out loud
  • Spelling and grammar checking
  • Word prediction and typing feedback
  • Siri for speech recognition for extended writing
  • Creating Audio notes for assessment purposes
  • Colour filters to change the screen colour

 

He will also look at some of the apps that come as standard on the P and K iPads which have features that support pupils with dyslexia.  This will include:

  • Microsoft OneNote for organisation and literacy support
  • Microsoft Teams for accessing work at home and getting teacher feedback
  • Seeing AI app for text to speech on paper resources

 

There will be opportunities to ask questions and try things out on your iPad as you watch. You will also receive an online folder of support resources and a recording of the session to allow you to practice some of the ideas in your own time. 

Pupil Support Assistants: Technology for pupils with ASN

Target Audience: Primary and secondary PSAs.  Online synchronous presentation /recorded 

This online learning workshop will give Pupil Support Assistants a complete overview of how Assistive technology can provide support to learners with Additional Support Needs and to help them raise attainment and to work more independently.  This will be an ideal session for someone who is completely new to the use of technology in supporting pupils and will provide them with ideas and strategies for creating a fully inclusive learning environment

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Date and Time: 12 November 2021 - 10.30am - 12.00pm

 

Presenter: Shirley Lawson - CALL Scotland 

 

Aims and Outcomes: 

  • Speak Screen and Speak Selection to have text on the iPad screen read out loud
  • Spelling and grammar checking
  • Word prediction and typing feedback
  • Siri for speech recognition to allow the pupil to speak and the words appear on the screen
  • Creating audio notes and reminders
  • Accessing digital books and texts
  • Colour filters to change the screen colour

 

She will also look at some of the apps that come as standard on the P and K iPads which have features that support pupils with dyslexia.  This will include:

 

  • Seeing AI app for text to speech on paper resources
  • The Notes app to support writing difficulties
  • OneNote notebooks for organisation and assistive tools

 

There will be opportunities to ask questions and try things out on your iPad as you watch. You will also receive an online folder of support resources and a recording of the session to allow you to practice some of the ideas in your own time. 

Communication and learning activities for pupils with complex needs

Target Audience: Primary, secondary and special school ASN staff

Do you find it difficult to know how and when to use technology with your class of Complex Needs learners? This workshop will provide practical options and highlight tools and frameworks which will help you to create engaging and motivating learning and communication opportunities.

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Date and Time: 1 February 2022 - 3.45pm - 5.15pm 

 

Presenter: Claire Harrison & Joanna Courtney

 

Participants will have the opportunity to find out about free and paid for software, Apps and tools to create bespoke learning and communication materials for pupils with Complex Needs. We will also signpost useful resources, information and websites.

This workshop will explore how we can use Educational Frameworks to structure motivating and meaningful communication and learning opportunities throughout the school day. The materials and activities demonstrated will be useful whether your learners use switches, eye gaze or touch access. The content will include activities for younger and older learners. 

 

Outcomes: 

We will provide ideas and practical solutions for implementing appropriate Assistive Technologies in a busy classroom with a range of learners who have different additional support needs.

Explore simple tools for designing and creating learning activities.

using education frameworks, consider hoe to use technology to engage learners with complex needs. 

Learn how to create activities suitable for learner with a range of access methods.

Know where to find information, resources and further Professional Learning Opportunities.  

Pupil Support Assistants: Technology for Pupils with ASN

Target Audience: Primary and secondary PSAs

Online synchronous presentation /recorded 

This online learning workshop will give Pupil Support Assistants a complete overview of how Assistive technology can provide support to learners with Additional Support Needs and to help them raise attainment and to work more independently.  This will be an ideal session for someone who is completely new to the use of technology in supporting pupils and will provide them with ideas and strategies for creating a fully inclusive learning environment.

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Date and Time: 16 February 2022 - 1.30pm - 3.00pm

 

Presenter: Shirley Lawson - CALL Scotland 

 

Outcomes: 

  •  Speak Screen and Speak Selection to have text on the iPad screen read out loud
  • Spelling and grammar checking
  • Word prediction and typing feedback
  • Siri for speech recognition to allow the pupil to speak and the words appear on the screen
  • Creating audio notes and reminders
  • Accessing digital books and texts
  • Colour filters to change the screen colour

 

  • Seeing AI app for text to speech on paper resources
  • The Notes app to support writing difficulties
  • OneNote notebooks for organisation and assistive tools

 

There will be opportunities to ask questions and try things out on your iPad as you watch. You will also receive an online folder of support resources and a recording of the session to allow you to practice some of the ideas in your own time.

 

Developing Numeracy skills for learners with complex needs

Target Audience: Primary, secondary and special school ASN staff

Unsure of how to plan and deliver motivating, meaningful and engaging numeracy activities with your class of Complex Needs Learners? This workshop will provide a range of practical ideas and tools rooted in the latest research and best practice.  Participants will learn about the development and progression of early mathematical skills and concepts and consider how these relate to children and young people with complex additional support needs

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Date and Time: 1 March 2022 - 3.45pm - 5.15pm 

 

Presenter: Claire Harrison

 

This online workshop will give participants the opportunity to engage with the research and explore practical ideas and tools for putting it into practice. We will explore creative ways of adapting and innovating in order to make learning materials more accessible including ideas for using iPad apps, Software and 'No tech' practical materials as well as switch and eye gaze accessible resources. We will also highlight useful resources, information and websites.

 

Outcomes:

Find out about early mathematical skills and progression.  Explore how to apply mathematical concepts for learners with complex needs.  Learn which software, apps and practical materials can be used to create early level mathematical learning experiences.  Consider how to make early level mathematical resources accessible for switch, touch and eye gaze users.  Know where to find information, resources and further Professional Learning Opportunities. 

Anyone wishing to book a space on any of these courses must do the following 

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If you are a Partner Provider or External to PKC -You will need to complete the course application form which must be emailed to ecslearninghub@pkc.gov.uk

Course Application Form - Click Here (please only use if you do not work for PKC)