newsletterJuly15SENICT Newsletter July 2015
It's been a long time coming but finally our new web site is up and running. We've made some important changes that we hope will make your experience of using this web site more positive. Almost 50% of the visitors to our web site view pages on a mobile device so we've redesigned the whole site to make it mobile friendly. We've added more free downloads and made them easier to find. We've introduced a new video archive where we'll share short training videos and reviews of new resources. We've made it easier and quicker to contact us with simple email forms and finally we've added social media integration to help you find and share great ideas and resources on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. We hope you like the changes

FREE resources for creating visual supports
Here's three wonderful free resources to help you create visual; supports, PECS books or overlays for AAC devices. Bookmark these and share with parents.

vsupHundreds of ready made visual supports, sequences and other useful resources using Boardmaker PCS Symbols to save, print and use in your class.
Get Visual Supports

feelTake a look at this lovely resource using the characters from Mr. Men books to explore and share emotions. Laminate, Velcro and off you go.
Get Mr. Men Emotions

acxCreate Free grid based PECS, visual support & communication resources online with 10,000 symbols and an in-built Google image search.
Make Resources Online

piraPlannning CPD?
If you're looking for high quality ICT training for your school or centre which focuses on how technology supports communication and learning across the curriculum, take a look at our training page where you'll find lots of information about the bespoke SEN ICT training we offer. Full day, half day, twilights or our innovative PL Plus, we have options to meet the needs of your busy school.
Visit our training page 

Free Gaze Speaker Suite for Eye Gaze

Download this wonderful suite of free eye gaze applications to use with your eye gaze system. Gaze Speaker includes a fully configurable grid based dynamic AAC environment, a grid based web browser and skills building tools much like the expensive 'eye gaze progression' software from major suppliers. For Windows 7 or 8.
Download Gaze Speaker

Gaze Speaker

New Course: Eye Gaze, iPads, Apps and Switches
This course examines and shares good practice in the use of Eye Gaze, iPad and switch technology to support the communication, learning and leisure needs of children with severe and complex additional support needs

Ian will be running this informative hands-on course at the Scottish Sensory Centre in Edinburgh on the 31st of August 2015. Places are still available but going fast so booking early is essential.
More information and booking form here


Great web sites to help develop skills with pointing devices

Here's three very useful web sites with lots of games and activities to help students develop and extend their skills with pointing devices such as a mouse, roller-ball, joystick or eye gaze system. 

FungoomsNo instructions or reading required to use Fungooms. Simply choose a game and click or mouse over objects to create wonderful sounds and effects.
Visit Fungooms Web Site

Mouse ClubMouse Club has heaps of bright colourful and entertaining activities that students will love. Many come with teaching guides and lesson plans too. 
Visit Mouse Club Web Site

Coloring4AllColoring4All provides hundreds of coloring pages featuring characters from popular TV and films that can be colored simply by clicking the mouse. Dot-to-dots too!
Visit Coloring4All Web Site

No free apps?

Ian only recommends apps that have been successful in his work with students experiencing severe and complex special educational needs. For a comprehensive list of all of the apps that Ian has shared please visit our Pinterest page where you will find links and short reviews. Please ensure that you check the price of apps before downloading as app pricing can change without notice.
Visit SENICT Pinterest Page  

Want more?
Got five minutes to spare? Why not visit Ian's blog where you'll find up-to-date information about free resources, up-coming courses and events and unbiased reviews of the latest software and hardware for students with additional needs. If you haven't already joined our newsletter list, you can subscribe by visiting our Newsletter Archive page. Look out for our next newsletter coming in September.

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