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Many learners struggle to engage with formal education. This can be for a range of reasons and there's no simple answer to any of them. This site is about reducing the barriers to engagement wherever possible. It will often focus on technology but that's only because technology has a lot to offer in many contexts. Other 'human based' approaches can be just as effective so they'll also get space when they cross the horizon.
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App Inventor for Android

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App Inventor for Android

Via Gust MEES
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If you have a technical leaning and want to support your learners in a specific way this could be an interesting starting point.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 11, 2013 12:37 PM

 

Check it out, it's easy...

 

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JISC TechDis - Events

JISC TechDis - Events | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Lots of useful tips on making reading easier with a focus on text to speech as well as other browser plugins and apps

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Impairment simulator software - Inclusive design tools

Impairment simulator software - Inclusive design tools | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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I love the way the VI simulator allows you to use the slider bar to simulate different severities. Really helps make the point that every disabled person is unique and we need flexible, agile ways of teaching and supporting

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JISC RSC > Jisc launches BYOD toolkit and resources

JISC RSC > Jisc launches BYOD toolkit and resources | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Really useful and timely guidance on Bring Your Own Device approaches to mobile learning. This is a vexed area with lots of potential to go right as well as to go wrong so this guidance by Jisc Legal is very valuable.

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Speaking up - Time to Change Dorset (T2C) Film 1

The T2C videos are a collection of 3 short films featuring people who live and work/study in Dorset sharing their stories of their personal recovery from men...
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Mental health is a growing area in education - this is one of three films exploring the issue in an honest but sensitive way.

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My Top Picks For Content Creation iPad Apps ~ Mrs. Wideen's Classroom Blog

My Top Picks For Content Creation iPad Apps ~ Mrs. Wideen's Classroom Blog | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Via David Miller
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Great to see the student's work! This is a nice example that veers creatively into flipped classroom territory.

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Jan Eade's curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:15 AM

I love the way the teacher uses the students' own examples of the way they have used the apps on their blog. Very powerful!

Tabletj's curator insight, February 13, 2013 7:53 AM

A few examples of iPad usage in the classroom.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, October 24, 2013 6:31 AM

I like collections of apps that are meant for certain topic or activity. Here is given a list and examples of apps for content creation.

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Storytelling - For years 8, 9, 10 Secondary Education

Storytelling - For years 8, 9, 10 Secondary Education | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Good storytelling is one of the ultimate ways of being inclusive and a simple story can set the scene for making any learning come alive - irrespective of the age group. This collection of stories is useful imagination-fodder.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 24, 2013 9:02 AM

Source: Education Services Australia Ltd and ABC | Learning area: English | Secondary: Years 8, 9, 10

Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:40 AM

Brilliant, not just the list of the types of stories, but in the telling of them. 

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Xerte 2.0 - open source content creation for the masses (in html5 no less)

Xerte 2.0 - open source content creation for the masses (in html5 no less) | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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With the launch of XerteToolkits 2.0 it's now possible to bring benefits of rich interactive Xerte content to mobile devices. My favourite page types are the connectors (see sample http://tinyurl.com/jtdeg2) but the new flexible web page template is just brilliant - see link main Mitchellmedia link. Resize the browser, try it on your phone. See how it adapts. Any teacher with modest IT skills (eg PowerPoint, basic digital photos etc) can learn how to do this in half an hour. See next TechDis XerteFriday session on Flipping the Classroom - http://tinyurl.com/jtdeg3 and Xerte community site www.xerte.org.uk

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terrymc's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:52 AM

The approach of Xerte offers the potential to provide students with opportunities to be more creative working with their tutors - it is easy to understand and teach. Students can be more digitally experienced practitioners by exploring the features available to them.

 

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DIAGRAM Center

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Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials
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The ultimate resource for publishers and content developers who need to create accessible materials. Very detailed with good tie into EPUB 3.

The advice is too technical for teachers to use directly but if you are supporting learners with inaccessible files from pubishers, do point publishers to this site!

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Tetris video game 'fixes lazy eye'

Tetris video game 'fixes lazy eye' | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Canadian doctors say they have found an inventive way to treat lazy eye - playing the video game Tetris.
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This must be one of the most welcome assistive technologies to cross the path of a young person... a bit like using the Wii for your Physiotherapy routine..

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Gone Google Story Builder

Gone Google Story Builder | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

"Create a simple text dialogue story and then share your video".

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Really quick and easy way to create a short narrative to make a point - see my example here http://goo.gl/qtWwG. Limited options but very effective.

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DyslexicIT's curator insight, May 24, 2013 2:29 AM

really like this idea - I am hoping to use it with year 7 intervention.

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Run Mobile Apps on Windows PC or Mac with BlueStacks

Run Mobile Apps on Windows PC or Mac with BlueStacks | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Run all your favorite mobile apps on PC and Mac, free. Download here!

Via Gust MEES
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Win7 is only Beta at the moment so might be worth waiting a bit but certainly useful kind of tool to explore. Suddenly it doesn't matter what device you have - you can still teach with the best from different platforms!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 20, 2013 1:36 PM

 

A MUST have!!!

 

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A MUST have!!!


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Sight loss data tool - RNIB

Sight loss data tool - RNIB | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
This tool gives information about the numbers of people living with sight loss in each region and local authority in England. It also provides other key indicators related to sight loss as well.
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If you want data on sight loss in the UK this is an excellent resource with regional data as well as data by type of sight loss. These figures represent individual lives, stories and struggles to fulfil educational potential. A good reason for learning to teach inclusively, taking advantage of the free TechDis voices (www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/voices) etc.

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Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:42 PM

This is a good find and I imagine can help in many ways...including fundraising. It would be a good tool for organizations like Blind Babies Foundation who provide family-centered services to support the child's optimal development and access to the world. Also for any organizations who serve seniors who many have progressively worsening macular degeneration and not understand how to get help.

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iPads and tablets in the classroom - RNIB

iPads and tablets in the classroom - RNIB | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

iPads and tablets in the classroom - up to date guidance from RNIB

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iPads are currently the most versatile and accessible tool for teaching and learning. However while the operating system has lots of inbuilt accessibility the accessibility of apps in the appstore is as varied as the app developers themselves. This guidance from RNIB pulls together some good advice - much provided by blind users themselves.

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Abi James's curator insight, May 14, 2013 4:33 PM

Useful guides on introducing iPads into the classroom from an accessibility point of view.

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Guidelines for accessible information and technology systems

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This very comprehensive set of lists goes beyond teaching and learning applications to independent living applications and would be ideal for disabled students making the transition to living away from home.

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ViA - By Braille Institute

Get ViA - By Braille Institute on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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A VI-friendly app that is a directory to a wide range of VI friendly apps - useful to explore whether you are involved in teaching and learning with chilrden adults or anyone between.

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Kindle iOS app gets a slew of new features for the blind and visually impaired

Kindle iOS app gets a slew of new features for the blind and visually impaired | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
The latest upgrade to the iPhone and iPad version of Amazon's Kindle reading app brings a bunch of new features aimed at blind and visually impaired
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The book drought has ended. Kindle app for iOS improves its accessibility and - literally - overnight 1.8 million books on Amazon become available to blind and partially sighted users. Now we just need Amazon to pay fair taxes and I'll start using them again..

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The Assistive Technology Daily

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from the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program
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Some very interesting links to projects, hardware or apps. Some are quite niche but when you are dealing with the specific needs of individuals niche may offer the best match.

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12 Advanced iPad Tips All Educators Should Learn -- THE Journal

12 Advanced iPad Tips All Educators Should Learn -- THE Journal | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Are you and your students really getting the most out of the iPad? FETC speaker Luis Perez lists 12 little-known tips, tricks, and settings to supercharge your iPad use.

Via David Miller
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Some really useful tips here, especially for educational and special needs contexts. The guided access in particular could help with all sorts of classroom management issues!

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, May 17, 2013 6:09 PM

How to use the iPad an advanced version.

Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:48 AM

Training teachers before the widespread use of a certain tool in the classroom environment is a must. If you don't know how to use a tool, you cannot understand its affordances and consequently will not know the possibilites of exploiting it appropriately. 

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A Pedagogic Oath - What if we had one?

A Pedagogic Oath - What if we had one? | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Upon their entry into the practice of medicine, doctors take an oath dating back to Hippocrates that has guided their service through the centuries.  As I was completing my Masters work and reading...
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Thought provoking! What would yours include?

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Math typesetting - Tools of Change for Publishing

Math typesetting - Tools of Change for Publishing | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Typesetting math in HTML was for a long time one of those 'I can't believe that hasn't been solved by now!' issues. It seemed a bit wrong - wasn't the...
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One of the dark corners of accessibility - making STEM subjects available to VI learners - has solutions but they are too often dependent on volunteer coders.

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Apps for Independent travel

Technology is playing an important role when it comes to travelling around independently. Whether it is for journey planning, real time travel information or...

Via Margaret McKay
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The real value of this is that it doesn't just give you apps but also gives you the user stories as to how they use the tools and the pros and cons.

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Directory of Social Change : Stop agreeing with the nonsense that competition is good for charities

Directory of Social Change : Stop agreeing with the nonsense that competition is good for charities | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Information and Training for the voluntary, charity and community sectors worldwide.
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Some persuasive arguments that apply to education as well. The whole site is worth a browse, particularly for those working in adult sector, prisons or work based learning

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Official Blog: Making the cloud more accessible with Chrome and Android

Official Blog: Making the cloud more accessible with Chrome and Android | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Useful summary of Google accessibility improvements. It's often easy to miss improvements that have been made and to still be avoiding particular tools or services even though their accessibility has begun to catch up.

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DyslexicIT's curator insight, May 24, 2013 2:34 AM

I agree with Alistairm we all use different tools which are constantly being developed - the improvements can often pass us by but if we had only realised then it could have increased our productivity and give us more time to read about all the undated features!

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Download free tools and How Tos from AIM Higher conference

Download free tools and How Tos from AIM Higher conference | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Jisc TechDis, supported by colleagues from Dyslexia Action and RSC London, delivered a workshop on free tools to support reading, writing and planning. Download the support pack from the TechDis events archive (limited availability). 

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 21, 2013 6:40 AM

The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.


Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs).

Helena Capela's curator insight, April 22, 2013 6:03 AM

It seems interesting. Does it work well for other languges than english? Must try!

Pricila Kohls's curator insight, April 24, 2013 11:56 AM

O Balabolka é um programa que converte texto para fala e pode ser salvo em arquivos de diferentes formatos de áudio.

O software possui versões e suporte em vários idiomas. Vale a pena conferir!!!