In this week’s podcast, Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Carol Allen and John Galloway to discuss The team, the technology and the teaching. On a previous podcast, we talked about technology and how it can be used to support SEND. We talked about understanding the tech you already have in your school. In this episode, we then look at the next step. Implementing the technology in your school, the training required, communication and working as a team to use the technology effectively.

Carol is an education advisor for ICT and Inclusion in particular supporting the London Grid For Learning and Hartlepool LA.  She was named one of the top ten educators for 2018 in the field of educational technology. This was down to all her amazing work on inclusion. John is a specialist in the use of technology to improve educational opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs. He spends the majority of his time working with Tower Hamlets LA, but also does lots of working as a writer, consultant and trainer.

We discussed assistive technology on a previous podcast – Low cost, no cost technology. Hopefully people are now realising what they have and what it can do for them. The next step is then identifying how to use this in your school. This is where you have to look at the other factors – the team and the teaching.

So who is in the team?

  • Teacher/TA – classroom, – volunteers, 1:1. (Specialist TA, )
  • Learning mentor
  • SENCo,
  • Outside professionals/specialists
  • SMT, Governors
  • Local Authority,
  • Offering of commercial providers – eg Crick, encyclopedia britannica .

Value added. Possibilities

Carol Allen on Twitter – @caroljallen

John Galloway on Twitter – @Johngalloway

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