ICT used for differentiation

When did maths become fun?

I came across this today and wanted to share with you what I feel to be one of the best things about being a teacher. Giving students the chance to create their own understanding. I wish my maths teacher had taught like this. This video is a testament to the saying “seeing is believing”.

This program is available as an iPad app and I have it downloaded ready to explore. It could be a great addition to my prac lessons.

Removing barriers to creativity

This video was created using the app Explain Everything. The boy in the video is on the autism spectrum and encounters a great deal of frustration when he is expected to write in class. His IEP (individual education plan) includes the use of ICT to decrease frustration. On this occasion an image was used as a visual stimulus. What resulted was the development of a sophisticated narrative well beyond what would have been achievable without the support of the voice recording technology.

What I found amusing was the relative ease at which this boy navigated the app. I think I encountered more issues trying to upload it to YouTube then he did learning to use it! Whilst great causation needs to be taken to avoid reliance on such technologies and the abandonment of writing completely.

This boy is expected to write 4 sentences before using the app to assist communicating his ideas.