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Inclusive Technology awarded at Bet


Oldham-based Inclusive Technology has won the Bet 2014 award for its ICT SEN solutions.


The ‘HelpKidzLearn’ resource ChooseIt! Maker 3, allows teachers to make personalised learning apps for children with special needs and download them to an iPad or Android tablet. The versatile online tool enables teachers and


parents to turn their photographs, symbols, text and sounds into engaging cause and effect or choice- making activities, games and quizzes.


ELECTRONIC PLANS EMPOWERING SEN STUDENTS


Around 3% of children currently in education across England are registered SEN*. Technology specialists XMA have been developing SEN solutions over a number of years and, as technology and applications advance, have been able to create a new approach which enables SEN students to have more control of their own learning, as well as improving engagement and performance. Speaking at Bet 2014, XMA’s


curriculum specialist, David Ryan, outlined the importance of adaptive technology in the classroom for SEN students, using audio-visual examples from real- life case studies, and carrying out a live demonstration on stage on how to create electronic education plans for individual students. Individual education plans are


a critical part of SEN learning, designed to create bespoke learning plans for each student based on their individual needs


and requirements. Traditionally, the creation of these plans has been entirely teacher-led, however, Ryan highlighted a new approach which empowers the student to co-author their own plans using Book Creator and iBooks Author. He said: “We have been trialling this approach in a handful of schools around the country and the response has been emphatic. Not only does it free up vital time for teachers, it also creates a sense of ownership within each student and, by encouraging


the use of photographs, videos and other stimulus, the plans become engaging and interactive thereby facilitating improvements in learning and retention, with students achieving academic targets in half the anticipated time period. “It has been proven that children


and young adults with learning disabilities are significantly more likely to be unemployed in adulthood. By tackling the shortfalls in areas such as individual education plans, we are addressing this head on and the objective is to reverse this statistic for the next generation.” Ryan, formerly a Trustee at


* Department for Education, Statistical Release, 30th July 2013


Nasen and an adviser to the SEN and Inclusion commitee in Northern Ireland, is part of XMA’s team driving this concept forward, providing full, bespoke packages of equipment, devices, ICT support and on-site training, delivered as a tailor-made solution for each customer.


Commenting on the accolade, Martin Litler,


chairman and CEO of Inclusive Technology, said: “The interest in this product has been enormous. We now have an established global network of 5,000 SEN school subscribers in 52 countries. “The next stage is to develop the learning analytics


and in order to do that we are actively recruiting HTML developers at the moment.”


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