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the Special Needs Fringe Seminar Programme

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Special Needs Fringe ICT seminars are a great way to keep abreast of new developments, discover the latest products and find inspiration for using technology to support your learners. The programme will include master classes, keynote speakers and practitioner sessions to help you make the most of your technology.

The theme for 2011 is ‘I can do IT by myself!

From simple switches to sophisticated eye gaze systems or hi-tech communication aids, technology can be instrumental in facilitating independence. Find out how new technologies and existing favourites can increase independence and improve the lives of your learners.

The seminars are free to attend and you don't need to book places.

Wednesday 12th January 2011 - I can do IT by myself!
Thursday 13th January 2011 - I can do IT by myself!
Friday 14th January 2011 - I can do IT by myself!

Wednesday 12th January 2011

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Jamie Munro - Inclusive Technology

E-Books and Struggling Readers
Amazon recently announced they are selling 143 electronic books for every 100 hardbacks. The US government now requires publishers of educational books to make them available in electronic format for students with visual impairments. Do ebooks offer more for those struggling with reading? Including experience from his involvement with the DCSF Accessible Resources Pilot Project, Jamie Munro will look at some of the technology based around electronic books designed to help struggling readers, from portable reading devices to computer based text readers. He will also look at how this integrates into the writing process and the challenges of implementing this in UK schools.

Gemma Eardley - Smartbox AT

Opening up my world - Computer Control with Grid Keys or The Grid 2
In this session we will look at how The Grid 2 and Grid Keys can open up computers, allowing full access to people with a range of input methods. Nowadays communication is much more than just face-to-face; you have social networking applications like Facebook, Twitter and Skype. At the heart of our computer control features is the on-screen keyboard for typing into other programs, which includes prediction for faster typing. You can also control the mouse pointer, launch programs, access menus (including the Start menu) and interact with Windows with ease.
12:00 Will Wade - ACE Centre Advisory Trust

ipad, iPod and iPhone: What Can I Say?
ipad, iPod and iPhone: What can I say? With Apple making inroads into the communication aid market, we’ll introduce you to all the latest vocabularies and features available to help people who struggle to speak.
Jonathan Smith - Keytools

Top 11 Computer Access Tips
Baffled by the vast array of gadgets offering computer access for all your pupils? Keytools will give you a structured approach for getting the best from assistive technology. Come and find out Keytools’ top 10 tips to help your pupils make the most from computer access. We will show you how to choose which specialist keyboards, mice and software can help overcome computer access issues associated with dyslexia, poor vision and physical disabilities.
13:00 Hector Minto - Tobii Technology

Eye Can Do It By Myself
Tobii Eye Control has been used successfully by many disabled children to communicate via grid style communication boards. In this session we will look at how the new Tobii Windows Control is being used by students to paint, browse the web, control their classroom and home environment, play “normal” games and access software previously only accessible via mouse or touch screen. The session will include real case studies.

Erik Truedsson - Kognitiva Kompaniet AB

Working Memory Training – Theory and Practise
Working memory is a fundamental cognitive function that is necessary for a number of mental activities, such as reading and problem solving. During the last decade research has indicated that it is possible to improve working memory capacity through training. In the seminar we will present current research and findings regarding working memory training as well as experiences from special education teachers and parents.

EA Draffan - University of Southampton

Alternative ways of supporting print impaired students

The production of alternative formats for those with print impairment is core to many students succeeding, and content is becoming more accessible. This presentation aims to highlight issues that still need addressing and to illustrate how some students have successfully coped with the increase in technology enhanced learning. They have used free as well as expensive equipment, personalised their learning environments and juggled with endless types of downloadable materials. Their efforts to access these materials have often taken time, patience and ingenuity to overcome barriers.


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Thursday 13th January 2011

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Jenny Boyd, Headteacher and Zoe Evans, Deputy Headteacher, Rosewood School - QED

Making Progress Matter for Learners with PMLD
This seminar looks at the stages and information required to complete an ImPACTS assessment, how progress within P1-P3 can be demonstrated and the whole school improvements triggered by its implementation. ImPACTS ensures assessment is an integral and valued aspect of the education process. There are 5 ImPACTS Key Skills (Communication; Cognitive Skills; Physical Skills; Environmental Control Technology and Physical Social and Emotional Well Being). Each stage of development is cross referenced against P Levels to ensure required national data can still be completed but as part of the process and not an additional exercise at the end of the year.

David Bradburn - Cambium Learning Technologies - IntelliTools

What's New From Cambium/IntelliTools
Come and learn about the exciting new Classroom Suite 4 Activities and Templates as well as the Stages program. Classroom Suite Math Tutor helps students achieve mastery in addition and subtraction. Classroom Suite Reading Tutor provides pre-authored reading activities from letter name identification through phonemic awareness and phonics. Classroom Suite Primary Skills Builders provides early learning activity templates for skill development and assessment of emergent learners. Stages is the only accessible developmental framework that provides a comprehensive view of a learner’s cognitive and language abilities within an elementary level.
12:00 Dave Gilbert and Roger Bates - Pretorian Technologies Ltd

Wireless Freedom of Access for All
The Simply Works range of wireless access devices provides, for the first time, wire-free connection to the computer for switches, rollerballs, joysticks and now the keyboard – up to six devices at the same time using the same receiver. This session also introduces innovative additions to the Simply Works system providing wireless toy control and mains environmental control – all using compatible technology. Use the same switches for all your interactive learning activities and join in using the new Smooth Talker.
Norman Lilly - Forcetenco

Interactive Tactile Diagrams and the Haptic Kinetic Learning Process
This seminar will present the use of the IVEO learning system with the tiger embossing system and show how the use of tactile diagrams aid in the learning process by using colour, 3D tactile and speech combined.
13:00 David Morgan - Possum Ltd

Designing the Future AAC Products for the UK and Ireland
Design of communication aids has sometimes been led by suppliers’ Research and Development departments and often aimed at the country of design/manufacture. As the only UK based manufacturer of touch screen AAC devices, Possum Limited want to change that for the UK and Ireland, so that future designs are user and client led. In this seminar Possum will show how they have listened to requests and feedback from the market in product design. You can also have your say in an interactive session about your ideas, desires and what the market needs.

Roger Bates - Inclusive Technology

Make It!
Technology has a significant role to play in helping to meet the individual communication and learning needs of students with SEN. Inclusive's open framework ‘maker’ tools help us personalise and differentiate the school curriculum to provide motivating and meaningful mechanisms for delivering lessons that are accessible to all. Join Roger Bates, Inclusive Technology’s Information Director on this tour of our ‘Maker’ series. From Slideshow Maker to SwitchIt! Maker 2, MyBoard to the new Matrix Maker, Roger will demonstrate how to get the very best from this exciting range of programs.

Anna James - Access Through Technology Coordinator and Karen Leggett - Development Manager, Early Support and Inclusion

Norfolk Play AT IT Early Years Intervention Project
Children with physical or sensory difficulties can find their opportunities to learn through play restricted. Technology can overcome these difficulties and provide ways for young children to explore and interact with learning opportunities and the world around them. It can help them make choices and develop their social and communication skills. And it sometimes surprises the adults around them! For the last year, 50 pre-school settings in Norfolk have been engaged in a project to help them better include children with disabilities. They were provided with a kit of equipment and training in its use. Find out what happened through reports and video footage.


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Friday 14th January 2011

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Mark Street and Verity-Jane Hart - Liberator

Making the Leap! Moving From Manual Boards to a First Communication Aid
The Pixon Project was developed by speech & language therapists and teachers to outline a curriculum for the systematic development of language with children using AAC strategies. We will explore the process of choosing the right board, the right style, the words to go on that board and what to do with them. We will also look at moving from a manual system to a communication aid with the use of the Go Talk Express. When using the Express users can link messages to play together in sequence. We will explore the language options with the Unity programmes on the SpringBoard Lite, the Vantage Lite and the Eco2. Also find out about The AAC Language Lab, a website providing all kinds of resources to make learning Unity and using your communication aid easy!

Tim Swingler - The Soundbeam Project

“I Made This!” Soundbeam 5 – the New Musical Instrument Everyone Can Play.
Since its first appearance in UK special schools over 20 years ago Soundbeam has undergone continuous development and now has over 4000 enthusiastic users. The latest version – Soundbeam 5 – incorporates features that have consistently been requested over the years: less connecting up, rhythmic ‘backing’ tracks, melodic play, and sample record functions. Key functions are now switch-assignable, giving the user complete freedom and control. Rich libraries of sound effects make the system ideal for theme- or literacy-based work as well as music. See videos of Soundbeam in action and try out the equipment.
12:00 Adrian Hibbert - Toby Churchill Ltd

Toby Churchill Product Seminar
Toby Churchill Ltd invites you to find out more about the latest addition to their product range. Rolltalk from Abilia is a multifunctional communication aid which can also control your environment, send emails and SMS text messages, and surf the internet whilst being accessed by touch, switch, head mouse or eye gaze. Toby Churchill Ltd is dedicated to working with their customers to understand their communication needs and provide the most appropriate technology that works for them.
Rob McPherson - AMDi Cancelled

Moving Static Communication to a New Dimension
No longer does a static Speech Generating Device (SGD) have to be used primarily for communicating “Needs & Wants”. AMDI‘s Smart Series of AAC devices integrate interchangeable flash memory with the authoring ability of the utility software Overlay Designer Pro. This provides the user with the ability to use a static SGD in almost any setting and allows the speech therapist to exponentially increase their vocabulary development. The new Activity Exchange is a place for sharing: you can upload and download topical activities for free. This will create resources for many people with many different topics.
13:00 Ian Foulger - Techcess

From Hand Held to Wheelchair Mounted
Techcess now have a bigger range of devices than ever. From hand held to the new Tellus 4 widescreen communication aid, Techcess has it all. This seminar will allow you to view the entire range of Techcess products and to see some of the pratical applications that they can be used for, Whether it be a trip to the shops or studying for a PHD. Our goal is clear: to have a solution that works for all studying and communication needs.

Ian Bean - Inclusive Technology

Learning Journeys: Switches and Switch Progression
Join BECTa ICT in Practice Award winner Ian Bean as we present Inclusive's Switch Progression Road Map. Detailing every stage in switch skills acquisition from cause and effect to confident scanning, this FREE comprehensive teaching and assessment document is the product of ten years of researching the very best classroom practice from around the world. Use the Road Map to help assess your learner’s baseline and plan meaningful and motivating routes to success. Assessment, target setting, P scales, curriculum links, they’re all here together with tried and tested teaching examples at every stage. Join Ian for this exciting seminar and collect your free copy.

Carol Allen - SEN ICT Advisor, North Tyneside

Digital Communication for All
What exactly do we mean by ‘engage with technology’ or ‘use effective technology to...’ when writing policies and curriculum plans for learners experiencing profound and multiple learning difficulties? There is no doubt that appropriate use of technology can support the creative communication intents of all learners, but how do we ensure that it is more than a cannily written development plan? This session will provide practical, easy to replicate examples of how digital technology can realistically improve communication work for learners with complex needs. Focusing on the interrelationship between home and school, the session will be lively, fun and useful.


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