Author: Ian Bean

On Symbols

Symbols have been around for many years and it’s very rare for me to visit a school where they are not using one symbol set or another to support their students. From the earliest days when colleagues used to physically draw pictures over words with pencils, the use of symbols has provided support for early Read More …

‘Doing’ technology.

When I first saw Google Cardboard I wondered how long it would be before someone tried to fasten one to the head of a student with PMLD / Complex needs, Well that time is now. I understand that technology can be cool and that using ‘cutting edge’ technology might say something about a school or Read More …

You’re busted! Switch Skills Timing Skills

When someone is learning to scan using one switch there are two key skills that they need to practice. The first is the ‘timing’ skill. This involves the student pressing the switch in response to some cue often something popping up on the screen. In the Switch Progression Road Map, it’s described as; 20: Student Read More …

Babies and Bathwater

So here’s the thing… I’m sat in a quiet classroom with six students all busy using some of the cause and effect apps I’ve been recommending over the last six months. Everyone is busy doing their own thing. The students are touching the iPad screen and generating wonderful patterns and sound effects with the movement of Read More …

“Press the switch”

You’re probably wondering what these Chinese symbols mean. They are the words ‘press the switch’ written in traditional Chinese. Why am I telling you this? When I worked at Priory Woods School, I used to take pride in just how inclusive my ICT lessons were.  We worked hard to ensure that our use of technology Read More …

One, two, three… No!

Many commercial switch training software programs feature a ‘switch building’ level where the learner is required to press the switch a number of times in order to ‘build’ either a pattern, picture or scene. With each press of the switch, another part of the image is ‘built’ until at the last press in the sequence Read More …

Twilight Training Sessions

We often receive requests from schools for twilight training so we’ve put together an affordable, fixed price package to suit all schools. Twilight training works well where schools have ICT training priorities but are unable to give up a whole day. Let us know what your priorities are and we’ll put together a motivating training Read More …

Puberty resources SEN

Here’s a lovely new resource from our good friend Pete Wells. Targeted at older SLD / MLD students, this resource talks through some of the changes that happen to young people as they go through puberty. The resource features an interactive Powerpoint file for your white board plus a full set of teaching notes. Pete Read More …

Free Resources Booklet

Our new free resources booklet is now online and it’s packed with free programs, apps and web sites which you may find useful. There’s some real gems this time. How about creating your own switch accessible YouTube videos in just a couple of clicks? No programming degree or hipster hair cut required. Or what about Read More …