SENICT News and Resources from Ian Bean, March 2013

More Free Cause and Effect Activities


Formula 1 car


This month, we’ve added more, free to download cause and effect activities for your early switch or touch-screen users. Choose from Formula One Racing, Trains, France and Spain. Although made with Inclusive Technology’s ‘Slideshow Maker‘, you don’t need a copy of Slideshow Maker to use them. Don’t forget to use the ‘Switch Training‘ options to match the activity to your student’s level.

Here’s the link: Download Free Cause and Effect activities

Note: currently these programs are for Windows only.


QuizAble coming soon


QuizAbleMy new program ‘QuizAble‘ is one of very few programs that enable up to four switch users to take part in a fun and engaging activity. QuizAble turns your plenary into a TV game show, you just ask questions about any topic and at any level, the program takes care of everything else. Even better, you’ll be able to play QuizAble on our web site for FREE. Works with all common switch interfaces.


Free talk cards for AAC and PECS


A display board with four food pictures of burger, chips, can of Sprite and Pepsi logoI’m forever being asked by parents for an affordable way for them to be able to create PECS books and other printed communication support materials. In an ideal world, parents would be able to use the same programs that colleagues use in school, but as most of these programs cost well over a $150 or more they are often unaffordable to many families.

Simon Evans has created a fantastic (and free) tool to create just these resources quickly and easily. All you need is an internet connection, here’s the link:


Over 50 free apps this month …


App icons for Bla Bla Bla, Bitsboard, 4KidCal and B&W High Contrast

In the last month, I’ve posted details of over 50 free iPad apps suitable for students with severe and complex needs on my SENICT Facebook page. These have included ‘BLA BLA BLA‘, an app designed to promote vocalisation but without the complex busy screens of similar apps. Bla Bla uses striking black and white ‘faces’ which animate when the student vocalises. ‘BITSBOARD‘ is just wonderful. Use the iPad camera to quickly make a series of flashcards on any topic which can then be used in a range of matching and word making activities.

4KIDCAL‘ is a simple day or week planner that uses pictures rather than text. You can even record message prompts to support the images. A very useful free app for those students who struggle to make sense of their day. Finally, ‘B&W HIGH CONTRAST‘ from Fisher Price provides a range of simple two or three colour images which animate when the screen is touched. Free and very useful to help add additional breadth for those students who may be using the Big Bang app from Inclusive Technology.

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.

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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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