Welcome back, hope you had a great Summer and now ready for everything this term brings. The first podcast for this school year starts with ‘Let’s use technology with students’ with Arran Smith.

How much tech do you use? It is everywhere in the world, but not in schools.

“We still have a 21st century intake of students to a 19th century education system and we haven’t really moved on enough.”

Arran joins Dale to discuss using technology to remove barriers to progress and to help prepare students for their future. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world and when we look at education we need to make sure children use it early on.

Listen to find out what free resources you can use in your classroom and how technology can support and empower your students, especially those with SEND.

About Arran Smith

When Arran was aged 9 he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He uses the metaphor that dyslexia is like going to the dentist, well that’s how it was for him all the way until he was 14. This was the age when he realised that dyslexia is a difference, not a disadvantage.

During Arran’s working life he has worked in many industries. He has worked in youth work, retail business and the not-for-profit sector. Arran has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years. He is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Despite Arran being severely dyslexic Arran uses technology to support his needs and without technology, he would not be doing what he is doing today.

Useful Links

Virtual SEND Conference – www.virtualsendconference.com

The Dyslexia Show (was the 20th and 21st of March 2020, but has been postponed) – www.dyslexiashow.co.uk

Contacting Arran

Website: www.sendgroup.co.uk

Email: arran.smith@sendgroup.co.uk

Twitter: @arrandyslexia

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