VDEI hosted a two day professional learning event entitled ‘Assistive technologies for supporting students with vision and additional needs’ on 7 and 8 August 2014.
Independent Special Needs ICT Consultant and Trainer, Ian Bean from the UK presented to educators, related health professionals and families supporting children with vision loss and additional needs.
This two-day workshop examined and shared best practice in the use of assistive and mainstream technologies to support the communication, learning and leisure needs of children and adults with severe and complex intellectual, physical and sensory difficulties.
Day One was all about ‘Blending Technologies for Blended Learning.’ With the focus firmly on practical advice, teaching examples, hands on activities and resource sharing, students explored common accessibility accommodations; switches and switch progression including using switches with iPads/tablets; touch-screens and Interactive whiteboards; iPads and apps and how they contribute to teaching and learning; pointing devices and eye gaze systems; anywhere, anytime learning with online activities for assistive technology users; podcasting and blogging; whole body computing; and multi-sensory rooms.
On Day Two - entitled Appy Days - students explored the iPad as a tool for teaching and learning; personalising the iPad experience to meet specific needs; protection, projection and other peripherals; iPads and contingency awareness; iPads and switch access; iPads and the multisensory room; iPads as a tool for recording; iPads and Autism; creativity and iPads; supporting communication at all levels; assessment and evaluation; signposting additional support and resources.
This event was delivered in partnership with the Statewide Vision Resource Centre and the RIDBC Renwick Centre, NSW.