The Killer App in Australia

Ian Bean at Ipswich Special School In May, Ian visited Australia to deliver workshops at the Spectronics Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference. Ian presented a keynote address to the conference entitled ‘The Killer App‘, arguing that while our students need access to new and exciting technologies like the iPad in school, the use of these technologies can only be really effective in supporting teaching and learning where staff have time to familiarise themselves with the technology and are trained to use them well. The ‘Killer App’ for any technology we use in school is not software, it’s the people who support the student’s learning. Teachers, therapists, parents and peers are all ‘Killer Apps’. It’s not good enough to simply provide new technology for schools, training and good technical support are critical to success. Ian’s message was reported widely on Australian TV and in the press.
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About Ian Bean

Ian was the ICT teacher and curriculum coordinator at Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough which is internationally recognised as an example of best practice in the use of ICT to support teaching and learning for students with severe and complex difficulties including Autism. HIs leadership of ICT won for the school many local, national and international awards. The school web site which Ian designed and ran for many years and welcomes millions of visitors each month from across the globe.

Ian left Priory Woods to lead the Information Team at Inclusive Technology where he was responsible for delivering training and consultancy to schools around the world. While at Inclusive, Ian worked closely with the development team to help design much of Inclusive’s software output over the last seven years. This includes titles from the ‘Big Bang’, ‘Switch Skills’, ‘Target and Touch’ and ‘Maker’ series, each design underpinned by best practice research Ian carried out in schools and colleges. Most recently Ian worked on MyZone LP, an innovate switch accessible learning learning platform for children with SEN.

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