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SEN Teacher

The SEN Teacher website is a popular, easy-to-use resource of classroom materials relating to special educational needs. There are three main sections:

  1. Printables contains 30 printable worksheet resources covering topics such as numeracy and handwriting.
  2. Downloads consists of several Flash activities created by the site author, Simon Evans, and links to more similar activities and programs by other authors. All the software is free and ranges from basic hit-and-happen touchscreen animations to advanced switch access to Windows and painting programs.
  3. Web links contains links to over 50 websites that should be in the ‘Favourites’ menu of any SEN teacher. It includes a comprehensive list of websites organised by disability, free resources and other supportive sites and portals.

The content and features of the website have increased significantly over recent months.

Visit SEN Teacher

1 comment April 24th, 2007

Bye Bye BBC Jam

BBC Jam LogoBBC Jam is a free online interactive learning service that was launched in January 2006 and has since become highly successful in homes and classrooms across the UK. Unfortunately it has been deemed too sucessful and will be wholly withdrawn for fear of upsetting commerical companies in the same sector.

BBC Jam is particularly accessible for students with special educational needs. These needs are currently mostly ignored by most other similar products that are commerically available.

The Field Studies for people with Learning Difficulties are particularly noteworthy as it uses a range of multimedia and motivating exploratory activities to introduce environments such as the town and countryside. These activities are single- and two-switch accessible. The entire site can be speech supported making it accessible for people with visual impairment or reading difficulties such as dyslexia and has subtitles available for people with hearing impairment.

I don’t think the software companies are doing too badly. The BBC were ordered to spend £45 million of Jam’s £150 million budget on buying content from 3rd parties and in addition to this the government recently effectively subsidised the commercial sector £200 million through the eLearning Credits scheme. The complaints against the service are understandable – especially from fledgling companies – I just hope that they start providing more inclusive solutions.

BBC Jam: www.bbc.co.uk/jam

1 comment March 18th, 2007

New Search for BLTT

A new search engine, powered by Google, has been added to the Better Living Through Technology website.

The previous ksearch search engine was limited as it needed to be constantly updated.

You can try the new search engine immediately from the front page of the BLTT website.

Add comment February 22nd, 2007

Askability Symbol Supported Site

AskAbility is a new pictorial website from the Children’s Society. It relays current affairs to children in an accessible manner and has a central forum for children to express their views.

The articles are written in a simple, accessible style and are fully symbol-supported making much of the content appropriate for adults with learning difficulties.

The symbols were provided by Widgit Software who have had success with their own SymbolWorld website leading to an increasing interest in the use of symbols on the web.

AskAbility, askability.org.uk

Add comment January 16th, 2007


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