Friday, 15 November 2013

Students with learning needs are now on a "level playing field" with their peers

I was fortunate to share a day with colleagues Dorothee, Marese and Jen recently. The day was facilitated by leading teacher Melanie Daignault. Melanie’s role is part of “Diversity is the Norm” a special program ran by the Parramatta Diocese CEO, with over 500 personal ipads being  distributed to students with significant learning needs.
Melanie gave us practical ways we can personalise learning for these students. Using the ipad, students can quickly produce, publish and represent learning at THEIR level.

Powerful apps are tools to learn, record, reflect and publish
- “Educreations” and “Explain Everything” enable students to write, draw, type, record voice and video. It works alongside accessibility features such as Siri to convert speech to text.



Use Screen shots: students quickly save a copy of their learning in the camera roll.

Connecting students in learning spaces: Air display, Air Server and Join Me
- Students can connect wirelessly with laptops, iPads, iwbs and TVs
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- to direct students to online books, websites, video and audio