SENICT News and Resources from Ian Bean, April 2013

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Flo Longhorn, world respected trainer and advocate for sensory education is launching her new online magazine ‘Info Exchange‘ in April. The magazine is packed with practical advice for those parents and professionals involved in the education and therapy of those with severe and complex physical and intellectual difficulties. A whole section of the magazine is given over to the use of iPads and apps with these very special learners and subscribers will receive an email from Flo each week with a list of the best new special needs apps.

For a free one year subscription (normally £20 for individuals and £30 for schools) simply visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page to receive your activation code.

Here’s the link: One Year Free Subscription to Info Exchange Magazine


Free SENICT Playzone

Choose a game from the SENICT Playzone

I just wanted to say a huge ‘thank you‘ to the thousands of you who are visiting the online games section of my website. Like the ‘KidsOnly‘ activity centre I wrote for the Priory Woods website, ‘SENICT Playzone‘ features a range of switch and touch screen accessible activities children can play online without distracting links or advertisements.

This FREE area of the website will grow in the coming months to include more activities each with a data sheet showing clearly how the activity supports specific learning outcomes and how it can be used with assessment / target setting tools like my Switch and Touch Screen progression books.

Here’s the link: SENICT PLAYZONE


More free apps every single day …


App icons


Another great month for free Special Needs iPad apps suitable for students with severe and complex needs on my SENICT Facebook page. In March, we posted a new free interactive story book from high quality app developer Auryn every single day. Here’s a few useful apps that we have posted in the last couple of days. Please note: Always check the price of an app before downloading it. Many apps are offered free but only for a short time.

Play Square WordWorld’s Happy Birthday Dog – a lovely interactive storybook.
British Council Schools Phonics app – as if to illustrate how quickly things change, this app has been FREE for a week and changed without notice to £6.99 while I was writing this.
Trudy Goes to the Beach – interactive storybook covering social skills.
The Rocket Book – A really nice interactive storybook with great graphic style.

You can also download a PDF list of the apps that I’m using in my work with schools and those which feature in my training workshops. Download Ian’s Apps List

I post new free apps on my Facebook page each day. To get access to these and more simply click the Facebook link. I appreciate that not everyone has access to Facebook and I’m actively looking for a solution which will allow me to post the apps to my web site each day.


Switch and Touch Access to YouTube

ACCESS YouTube web page screenshot

If you’re one of the lucky schools where YouTube has not been blocked, you’ll be pleased to learn that there is now an accessible version of YouTube that works with switches and touch-screens. Developed in conjunction with Henshaws College and JISC, the page features large easy to read fonts, a touch-friendly interface, safe searching using black and white-lists and most importantly your students can control the videos using switches.

I’ve worked with many students who could use this to access their videos independently. I think it’s brilliant! I hope you do too!

Here’s the link: ACCESS YOUTUBE

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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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