Training Course Information
Dyslexia and the Use of iPads and Other Mobile Devices (BA1)
"Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning" but for many pupils, literacy is a struggle. 'Books for All' courses focus on creating and using accessible resources to give pupils greater independent access to the curriculum, which schools and local authorities are obliged to do.
What's the course about?
iPads and tablets have considerable potential for use by pupils with dyslexia as very portable note-taking devices and as tools for reading electronic text and eBooks. They also have considerable appeal for many young people on account of their ‘cool’ factor. Consequently, there is a great deal of interest and discussion regarding the use of iPads and tablets in schools.
Is this justified? Are iPads and other mobile devices living up to the hype? Which apps work well and which aren’t up to scratch?
This course will examine a number of the apps available to support reading and writing, including apps for:
- reading and accessing digital text and eBooks, including interactive worksheets and assessments (e.g. SQA digital papers; Heinemann maths worksheets);
- text-to-speech tools for reading documents;
- note-taking and study;
- supporting writers with spelling difficulties;
- mind-mapping, outlining and planning;
- speech recognition.
We will also consider management issues with iPads and tablets in schools, including purchase and deployment of apps and security.
This course is suitable for:
- Support for Learning staff;
- FE and HE staff;
N.B: If you're a self funding (not paying through your workplace) parent then phone us on 0131 651 6236 to discuss possible eligibility for a booking discount.
What you'll learn on the course
- Awareness of a range of useful apps to support pupils with dyslexia;
- Ability to use specific apps;
- An understanding of issues regarding management of devices and apps in schools.
The course trainers
Engineer and Educational Technologist