Author: Ian Bean

Web sites for early mouse skills

If like me, you work with students who are learning to use a mouse, joystick, roller-ball or even eye gaze, you’ll always be on the look out for motivating activities that students can use to hone their skills. IT Mouse Skills is great but hardly the most exciting activity to play over and over. Here Read More …

Khoros Interactive Musical Instrument

Another gem from my visit to the Holly Bank Trust yesterday, this is Khoros Interactive Musical Instrument. Eight interconnecting illuminated segments which fit together to create a musical instrument that can be played by hands, feet and even the wheels on a wheelchair. Clever software allows you to change the sounds that are played when Read More …

J-Pad from Pretorian

Good to catch up with Dave Gilbert from Pretorian Technologies during my visit to the Holly Bank Trust in Mirfield yesterday. Dave demonstrated their new J-Pad device which enables comprehensive two switch step scanning on the iPad but using a joystick rather than switches. Sounds odd I know but I’ve worked with so many students Read More …

Symbols 101

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 …