About Gerry Kennedy

Gerry Kennedy is an Independent Information and Inclusive Technology Consultant, working in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. He has specialised in the areas of special needs, rehabilitation and assistive technology support in education and employment for over 27 years. A teacher of 31 years, he currently works at East Burwood SDS school part time, as an ICT Teacher.

Gerry has had experience working in all states in Australia and Territories. He advises from Early Education and Pre-school through to secondary schools, having lectured to TAFE and University to under and post graduates. He frequently publishes articles and software reviews on numerous web sites and in journals and magazines.

Gerry promotes leading practice in the implementation and deployment of innovative ICT and Inclusive Technology in education and training. He consults, trains and advises parents, therapists, and other education and therapy related professionals as well as school personnel in how best to utilise and harness the features and functions of mainstream and specialised software as well as assistive device implementation.

Posts and Resources by Gerry Kennedy

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Soundfield Systems in Schools

Soundfield Systems in Schools

Students must be able to hear the educator’s voice clearly in class, in any environment whether it is in a classroom, laboratory, and library/study/work area or science room. This is not always possible. With building standards in every school being different, or even variable on the same campus, ensuring the proper acoustics can be difficult. Learning environments must …

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Bringing Your Own Device – In Education

Bringing Your Own Device – In Education

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) philosophy and regime is becoming a serious consideration for many schools. As Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is costly and obsolescence determines the practical life cycle and usefulness of computer and digital equipment, schools are coming to terms with cost effective and equitable provision. Budgeting and maintaining vast numbers of computers, tablets …

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Review of Ghotit – Real Writer and Reader V2.6

Review of Ghotit – Real Writer and Reader V2.6

Ghotit Real Writer and Reader is a standalone software program, available for MS Windows and MAC OS computers. Users can work with Ghotit RR&W with a preferred word processor or use it with any text entry tool, website or program. Essentially this software assistant is targeted to users with a learning disability or developmental disorder, such as dyslexia …

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Rich Text Format Usage

Rich Text Format Usage

Documents have been created using computers for over thirty years. The predominance of Microsoft Works, then Microsoft Office suites (including Microsoft Word) has become a default standard for many users. MS Word is one product that many students use in schools, but is not the only word processing program that is available. There are word processors used in …

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Review of Global AutoCorrect for MS Windows

Review of Global AutoCorrect for MS Windows

Global AutoCorrect 2 From LexAble(R) – Assistive Software Development Spelling errors, mistyped text and typos drive most people a little crazy. Many users spend time, being a few minutes or for some students, numerous tedious hours, in correcting and editing their essays, projects, assignments and other writing tasks. In the classroom, in the workplace and at home, productivity …

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Gentle Technology Approach – Implementation of Technology

Gentle Technology Approach – Implementation of Technology

The introduction of Inclusive or Assistive Technologies (AT) will have a definite impact on an individual. Technology can prove to impact positively on people and often can impact negatively. Issues such as abandonment, misuse, underuse and failure often occur due to major factors, including one or more of the following: Poor initial assessment (or lack of assessment) of …

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Review of XMind 2012

Review of XMind 2012

Author: Gerry Kennedy © September 2012 Software: XMind (Free) 2012 Category: Mind Mapping / Brainstorming / Webbing program Available for: MS Windows XP, MS Vista and Windows 7/8 versions (as well as MAC OS and Linux) Web Site: http://www.xmind.net/ Software programs can be described and categorised in their respective genres. XMind (Free) 2012 is a wonderful mind mapping, …

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iPads in SEN – Some Strategies

iPads in SEN – Some Strategies

A technology shift has taken place, with some schools not really paying attention. Most schools are eager to follow trends, and try to keep pace with technology advancements. The iPad is still relatively new to education (approximately being used over the last 28 months), with other tablets being used very successfully in many schools before its release in …

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SpeakComputer – Text to Speech

SpeakComputer – Text to Speech

This is a relatively recent software program and one that is new to me. I have been experimenting with it in a number of contexts over the past few weeks and it is impressive. SpeakComputer is a very flexible and versatile MS Windows software program as it offers useful and practical features. Different aspects and functions cater to …

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Voice Based ICT Software and Resources

Voice Based ICT Software and Resources

There are many options in accessing MS Windows and MAC OS computers with voice. Either voice recognition (speaking into a microphone) or text to speech (voice output) need to be carefully researched and scrutinised.  Some relevant resources are listed in this document with hyperlinks to the web sites where software can be downloaded as freeware, Open source or …

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