Bev's adventures in ICT

Trying to engage children through the medium of ICT is, in most cases, easy to do. There are so many different ways of making ICT engaging and ‘wow’ that children usually find software and activities that they just love to use! Game based learning, for example, is a fantastic way of inspiring writing and a great way to introduce or extend a topic. Computer generated art is another popular avenue – there is just so much choice and so many things that are freely available that a child is bound to find something they adore and want to create with and share. I could go on (I’m sure you could too). Yet one of my favourite jobs  is finding and discovering ideas for pupils with SEN. Once they take to something they really have the ability to run with it and take it to unusual places – and that’s something I can really relate to.

At the moment there are a number of great online resources that can engage and are accessible for these pupils: Poisson Rouge , Help Kidz Learn and Tes IBoard are just a few sites I think are fantastic. There’s also a great range of inclusive new equipment, with Easi Speak mics , V-Tech cameras and BeeBots among the favourites. There’s also the amazing Story Stage from Scholastic and Storybird (both of these can link to developing social skills as well as enhancing their curriculum). There’s so much available for these pupils in the realm of ICT at the moment, but what I’m really excited about is the current selection of products from 2Simple.

Pupils seem to have a fine time using 2Paint a Picture and 2Publish+. Even the youngest pupils can enjoy activities like creating repeating animal skin patterns. In an attempt to link their efforts in ICT with a more hands on activity, you could print out the designs and use wooden animal stencil to cut actual animal shapes out of the appropriate skin patterns. Which brings me nicely onto…

…2Design and Make. The mix of ICT and DT is a marvellous thing! Pupils can create houses and vehicles for a street scene, coloured dice for maths activities and masks for role play. There’s nothing quite like getting the scissors and glue out and making something with your own two hands and the pupils just cannot wait to print out their efforts and bring them back to the classroom to stick together. And I’m all for that 🙂

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Comments on: "Looking through the spectrum" (3)

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Diane Cox. Diane Cox said: RT @bevevans22 New blog post: Looking through the Spectrum: http://bit.ly/9hL9fU (@2SimpleAnt – you might like this one) […]

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post as a parent of two children with ASD I understand how hard it is to engage them in Learning. ICT has been a great unlocker of communication and learning for my boys and it sounds like you are having similar experiences in the AU unit where you work.

    It is lovely to know that 2Simple are helping to support the learning for pupils in the unit too.

  3. […] 2Paint a Picture to create a Rangoli pattern or using the pattern tool to make wrapping paper or an animal skin design. Using the creative resources on Purple Mash (if you haven’t checked it out you need too, and […]

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