Author: Ian Bean

‘Get Creative’ with popular teaching apps

Looking for a little inspiration to help you get the most from those wonderful apps on your iPad. Here’s a collection of short videos covering some of the most popular teaching apps such as Book Creator, Puppet Pals, iMovie and more. Get Creative Videos

100s of free visual support printables

Here’s a really useful web site for your bookmark collection. Hundreds, yes hundreds of free printable visual supports, teaching activities and other resources. Many use Boardmaker PCS symbols which will help to ensure consistency. The page can be a little intimidating as it’s just a very long list but each resource is clearly labeled with Read More …

New course: Eye Gaze, iPads, Apps & Switches

Still a couple of places left on my Eye Gaze, iPads, Apps and Switches course for the Scottish Sensory Centre in Edinburgh on 31st of August 2015. This hands-on course focuses firmly on practical advice and teaching ideas showing how to get the best from these technologies for learners with complex needs and sensory impairments. Read More …

Zumo slapping for switch skills success?

I’m not one to knock innovation, especially in the field of special needs where new technologies can have such profound impact for our students. Take eye gaze for example, originally developed to help sell food in supermarkets, now facilitating independence and communication for people with the most complex difficulties. Innovation is something to be encouraged.

USB Switch from Pretorian Technologies

Had a bit of a play with the new USB Switch from Pretorian Technologies when I was visiting the Hollybank Trust the other day. The idea is simple, you plug the switch directly into the computer via an available USB socket and the switch is ready to go. No drivers, no switch box needed. It’s Read More …

Google Tools for Special Needs

Here’s a very useful Google Doc round up of the accessibility features built into Google products such as Search, Chrome, Android etc. The link will take you to the live online document or you can download a PDF from our Document Library Google Tools for Special Needs

Somantics App gets updated (finally)

Excellent to hear that Somatics app for the iPad has finally been updated for IOS8. I’ve shown Somantics pretty much since I started delivering iPad training. The touch activities are OK but what makes Somatics special are the cool camera effects such as painter and sparkles. Great for mirror work or better still, hook up Read More …

FREE Book Creator APP for Windows

Book Creator has to be one the most useful apps I use on my iPad. Students of all ages and abilities use it to create and share their books. Now it’s available as an app for Windows PC (8.1 and above) and what’s more, it’s free for a short time. Create and read your books Read More …