Touch Skills Progression

Touch SkillsColleagues around the world are using the ‘Switch Progression Road Map’ that I wrote during my time at Inclusive Technology to help them assess, teach and record switching skills. Hilary Norton, an advisory teacher for ICT/SEN and inclusion wrote in an article for MJO, “This book should be in every classroom.”

In my latest book, ‘Touch Skills Progression’, I explore the skills students with severe and complex difficulties need to be able to operate touch devices including touch screens, interactive whiteboards and tablet devices such as the ipad.

Drawing together best practice from over ten years of classroom teaching and lesson observations this new booklet will help you assess, teach and record progress in the skills required to use touch enabled technology. From cause and effect to confident choosing, early dabbling to drag and drop, each stage is fully explained and illustrated with teaching activities you can try in your classroom. Linked to the QCA P Levels for ICT with examples using software and apps you’ll already have this booklet is a ‘must have’ for all colleagues working with students who have severe and complex needs including Autism.

Touch Skills Progression will be available as a PDF download from my website late January 2012.

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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.

One Response to Touch Skills Progression

  1. Ann says:

    Awesome post, I mean it.

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