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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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Maths4us

Maths4us | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Maths4Us - online resources for improving maths skills - adult oriented but tips an dtricks etc usable at range of levels and ages.

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With 1 in 4 adults struggling with Maths this is a good resource to point people to - either as beneficiaries or as potential tutors/mentors

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The Number Catcher - Play

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Interactive web designed by  INSERM-CEA neuroimaging unit to strengthen cognitive development of numbers via number games. Interesting from the perspective of supporting dyscalculic children but a more age-neutral version would be nice since there are plenty of dyscalculic adults struggling with number cognition! 

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New Feature In iOS 6: How To Use Guided Access -- AppAdvice

New Feature In iOS 6: How To Use Guided Access -- AppAdvice | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Guided Access is a new feature in iOS 6 that helps users with hearing, learning, vision, and mobility disabilities use iOS devices.
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This is one of those techniques that can make a huge difference when working with disabled learners (or even just mischievous learners!). Make sure they can't accidentally or deliberately press the wrong buttons or lose focus on the task in hand by switching to other apps.

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Margaret McKay's curator insight, February 25, 2013 7:17 AM

We are in the process of writing up a case study where staff in FE colleges are using their own iPad/iPhones with learners.  Guided Access has been a very useful feature because it allows lecturers to control what students can and cannot access on their devices.  Want to know more?  Keep an eye on the new case studies due to be added on our RSC Scotland Showcase (http://www.rsc-scotland.org/) between now and Easter.

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Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) : CLA mobile app

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) : CLA mobile app | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
CLA mobile app
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Useful way of keeping copyright clean when creating rich resources for learners

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Readium Cloud Reader

Readium Cloud Reader | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
A cloud based EPUB3 demonstrator - the future for accessible ebooks.
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If you wanted to know what the new EPUB3 content looked like and why it was exciting for accessibility , interactivity and a host of other things see this sample "EPUB3" experience online and try a range of different sample books.

http://github.readium.org/

 

You can also download the Readium plug-in for the chrome browser . If you use this alongside the ChromeSpeak text-to-speech plug-in , the books can be read out loud to you using whatever voices are on your device .

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Alt Text & Universal Design | P2PU Archive

Alt Text & Universal Design | P2PU Archive | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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A very practical set of free courses on making images and ultimedia accessible to visually impaired people. Free online resource with lots of follow-off links.

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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 26, 2013 12:10 PM
So glad this is being taught now...I have written alt tags that were about appearance and not meaning in the past just because I didn't know any better. WebAim is a good resource too.
alistairm 's comment, February 26, 2013 12:16 PM
Sometimes the problem is that people feel they have to provide all the info rather than focusing on learning objectives. Standardistas don't always help - the number of times I've seen people insist that audio needs a full transcript for deaf people but since most deaf people are print impaired by virtue of working in a second language why would anyone subject them to redundant extra text instead of summarising the important bits (which - actually - would be welcomed by many other users too!).
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Independent life technologies

Independent Life Technologies is a company developing and providing toys, communication and learning aids for special need children and adults at an affordable price.
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There is a significant crossover between technology tools to support independent living/recreation and technology tools to support learning. This website has over 500 products arranged by different categories (for example adapted electronics, mounting devices, sensory devices, capability switches, adapted toys etc) and it might contain useful tools that wouldn't necessarily appear in an educational catalogue.

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Will Kindle E-Books Leave Blind Students Behind? - Yahoo! News (blog)

Will Kindle E-Books Leave Blind Students Behind? - Yahoo! News (blog) | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Will Kindle E-Books Leave Blind Students Behind?Yahoo! News (blog)Digital books are moving beyond living rooms and into classrooms, as Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other publishers promote their ebooks to K-12 schools.
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This is a big issue in UK education and the Right to Read Alliance is working closely with the publishing industry. If you work in education and you want to leverage the full accessibility of ebooks the Kindle isn't the place to start at the moment. The currently most accessible ereading experience is using the Nook app on an iPad. After that the iPad experience is variable with different apps offering different advantages depending on need.

But watch this space... Google and Android are catching up quickly in terms of accessibility and Amazon could well be left far behind. From an educationalist point of view NEVER purchase without DEMANDING good accessibility otherwise you'd be risking needless discrimination against disabled learners.

 

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What's in a name? - will Asperger's syndrome still exist?

What's in a name? - will Asperger's syndrome still exist? | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

As a result of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) revising its diagnostic manual, Asperger's Syndrome may cease to be assessed or recognised as a specific diagnosis. This briefing from the National Autistic Society explores the implications for assessment and support.

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The British Paraorchestra - True Colors.

If you want inspiration then try this...True Colors by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly Arrangement ©......Buy it on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/true-colors-feat.-paralympicsgb/id583318024

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Text contrasts | Openweb.eu.org

Text contrasts | Openweb.eu.org | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Text contrasts are a key point for website accessibility. They ensure maximum readability for people with permanent vision impairments (vision impairment, etc.), temporary impairment (fatigue, poor screen quality, etc.)… and all other people.

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"Impact of Reading" survey results - RNIB

"Impact of Reading" survey results - RNIB | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

A new independent study - Assessing the Impact of Reading for Blind and Partially Sighted Adults - was published on Read for RNIB Day on 19 October. Commissioned by RNIB, the report was carried out by LISU and The Reading Agency. Although focused on adults the implications for younger people are just as significant and they add to the imperative of e-books being accessible.

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Dyscalculia: Number games

Dyscalculia: Number games | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Brian Butterworth is on a crusade to understand the number deficit called dyscalculia — and to help those who have it.

Via Allison Hermann, PhD
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Interesting how different elements of number cognition are being identified - more interesting still are the attempts to develop games to create target stimulation to affected brain areas.

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Brain connectivity predicts reading skills

Brain connectivity predicts reading skills | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Children could benefit from personalized lessons based on brain scans.
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Interesting how dyslexia might be a question of teaching reading at the right stage of brain development. Although having read to all my children since they were babies I still ended up with 2/5 with dyslexic problems (and gifts) .

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iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL)

iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL) | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

CALL Scotland - iPads for Communication Access, Literacy and Learning

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Excellent overview of the iPad in an educational context with lots of contextualised recommended links. Very useful resource and free to download.

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e-skills UK prepares Cyber Ninjas to tackle crime online

e-skills UK prepares Cyber Ninjas to tackle crime online | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Companies including BP, BT, CREST, Fujitsu and PricewaterhouseCoopers have joined forces with e-skills UK to deliver an interactive new cyber security module for the schools ‘Behind the Screen’ resource bank.
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Interesting new GCSE development that takes at least one important aspect of e-safety and weaves it into the curriculum. To sign up you need to follow the links - it's by free registration only at the moment but  looks ripe for involvement and certainly an important area for some of our more vulnerable learners.

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Digital Tablets Improve Speed and Ease of Reading for People with Moderate Vision Loss

Digital Tablets Improve Speed and Ease of Reading for People with Moderate Vision Loss | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
People who have eye diseases that damage their central vision can regain the ability to read quickly and comfortably by using digital tablets, according to a recent study.
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This may be of particular interest to people who work in adult community learning or people who are involved in assessing visually impaired students. In either case, the impact of technology choice on reading speed and enjoyment needs to be taken seriously.

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Teaching national curriculum subjects - RNIB

Teaching national curriculum subjects - RNIB | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Information and ideas for education professionals teaching national curriculum subjects to learners with sight loss.
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Although these are aimed at pre-16 education, they are an excellent way for anybody teaching in these curriculum areas to understand the issues and to make anticipatory adjustments for visually impaired learners they work with. Using conjunction with the detailed media-based guidance from JISC TechDis at http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/pages/detail/floating_pages/Content_Creation_Seeing

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Most children's apps are failing on privacy, FTC finds

Most children's apps are failing on privacy, FTC finds | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
FTC investigating whether firms are in breach of existing laws and says little progress made on ensuring children are protected
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An important issue for all those concerned with esafety and the use of mobile and Bring Your Own Devices in education (as well as your own teens!). Unfortunately as fast as technology offers new opportunities for empowerment it also offers more opportunities for exploitation. It's important to ask the right questions and err on the side of technoskepticism rather than techno-naiviety... 

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Speed dates with computer voices

Speed dates with computer voices | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Lee Ridley's new comedy sketch explores what it is like to go speed dating when you don't have a voice and have to use a machine to deliver your chat up lines.
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Nice article which helps explain why JISC TechDis commissioned TWO regional voices (male and female) for post 16 learners in England. If you've not yet installed in your organisation see http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/voices

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Accessible Publishing Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 2, November 2012

Accessible Publishing Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 2, November 2012 | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

US Based newsletter re accessible textbooks - some useful discussion sections and links to other projects.

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Interactive (and updated) Bloom's taxonomy

Interactive (and updated) Bloom's taxonomy | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

I'd forgotten about this till a friend pointed it out again - a very practical and attractive version of

Bloom's taxonomy with lots of great examples.
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e-Books and Accessibility conference - 13/02/2013

e-Books and Accessibility conference - 13/02/2013 | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

The expansion of e-book collections in education and training is profoundly affecting the
way services are delivered and is bringing benefits to many students. But barriers remain....


This unique conference brings together library and disability staff with content publishers and aggregators to explore

* the challenges for learning support staff, disability teams, librarians and students

* the legal risks for learning providersof inaccessible content

* how accessibility aware publishers reduce risks for learning providers

* how educational publishers can gain competitive advantage.

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The Faculties

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The Faculties are a new, free educational resource for secondary schools and especially those A-level students thinking about applying to University. Nice range of videos. Might be good for encouraging bright dyslexics since the content is quite visual.s

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