SENICT News and Resources from Ian Bean, September 2013

NZ Workshop tour dates and venues


Ian Bean's workshop dates for NZ tour including SEPANZ 25/26 September 2013


In September, I’m off on a three week workshop tour of New Zealand delivering eight workshops and school consultancies around the country culminating in a keynote session and workshops at the SEPANZ Special Education Practitioners Conference in Auckland. If you are interested in attending one of these exciting workshops, a limited number of places are still available at some venues (marked green). More information about these day workshops and the SEPANZ Conference can be found on the Click Special Ed web site.

Workshop Information & Booking
Conference Information & Booking


Don’t miss this free program!

12 icons of different sensory light box effects from volcano to snowflakes

If you were one of the lucky people to have won a free redeem code for Cognable’s ‘Sensory Light Box’ app from one of the many free draws on my FACEBOOK PAGE, you’ll know just how engaging this brilliant touch skills app can be.

The author, Simon Evans is busy building a version for the PC and MAC which he is generously making available free of charge. Simon is very keen for colleagues (and parents) to try the program and would really welcome any feedback you may care to share about your experience.
You can download the free program from: COGNABLE

More free apps every single day …


App icons of Tellagami, Sounding Board, Expressions for Autism and Crazy Hair Studio


It’s been a quiet couple of months for decent free iPad apps. Perhaps the developers are taking a summer break too! Here’s some of the few free apps I’ve come across recently that I think will be useful in the classroom. Please note: Always check the price of an app before downloading it. Many apps are offered free but only for a short time.

Screenshot of Tellagami app showing a woman in a room with options of adding some emotions from the right panel

Tellagami is a brilliant little app that I know I will be using with students. Choose characters and create simple animated scenes with your own backgrounds. Perfect for language work and social stories. Robin Parker from PrAACtical AAC has written up some really useful teaching ideas for Tellagami on her web site.
Magic Moments with Tellagami
PrAACtical AAC

AbleNet have released a new version of Sounding Board, which is one of my favourite free communication apps. Use Sounding Board to make everything from simple single message buttons right through to complex dynamic communication pages. Still free and still very useful.

I usually shy away from apps that use the word ‘Autism’ in their titles but this little app from EdNinja is pretty good. ‘Expressions for Autism‘ provides a range of activities focusing on the recognition of facial expressions. Student profiles are built in too. Not bad at all.

I’m always on the lookout for good apps which I can use to help students to learn to frame photographs especially those which have an onscreen guide to help centre photographs of people’s faces. Crazy Hair Studio has a useful on-screen guide to help students take photographs of faces and lots of silly hair designs to apply. It’s loads of fun to use, just remember to turn off the ‘in app purchases’ in your ‘Restrictions’ settings.


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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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