Posted in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ICT, iPad

Innovative Learning Week at the University of Edinburgh

February 15th – 19th will be Innovative Learning Week at the University of Edinburgh.

Innovative Learning Week

There will be several events that would be of interest to the teams around children with additional support needs – you can see the full programme here.

In particular, we would like to draw your attention to a workshop that is being run by Sue Fletcher-Watson of DART fame.   Her event will focus on getting the most out of technology for learners with autism.  It will run twice, both 9.30am – 12.30pm on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th February.

Full information and the links to book on are below:

Individuals on the autism spectrum often enjoy working with technology and evidence shows positive effects of this kind of learning support.  However the sheer quantity of technologies out there, means that practitioners, parents and autistic people can struggle to keep up. At this collaborative workshop we will review apps and think about the best way to use these at home and in the classroom. The workshop will focus on iPads, but lessons apply to any touchscreen technology. 

People attending this workshop will learn from each other as well as from the organiser. They will be given an iPad each to use and encouraged to play with the apps, download new ones, and try them out. Attendees will share ideas and tips. We will use an online message board so that people can post ideas, questions and comments live to a big screen. The organiser will respond to these, drawing on her expertise, but also invite responses from other delegates. The workshop will celebrate the skills and unique learning style of people on the autism spectrum. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of autism and of learning, as well as tools for using technology to best effect.

Monday event booking page
Tuesday event booking page


Posted in ICT


I have just met with Andrew James from SCRAN who advised me on how the SCRAN database can help support learners with Additional Support Needs. SCRAN is a database of copyright free images for use in the classroom and free to Scottish Schools. Use the SCRAN website to create worksheets, bookmarks, calendars and more! Click on the links below to visit website or download their crib sheet user guide.

SCRAN Website

SCRAN user guide – crib sheet

Posted in ICT, Visual impairment

Lothian Visual Impairment I.T Group

A big thank you to all who attended the Lothian Visual Impairment Group on Wednesday. There is an amazing amount of work being done in Edinburgh and the Lothians and a wide variety of technology being used.

Delegates heard how Braillenote, iPads, laptops and dictaphones are being used to support visual learners. If you would like to learn more about the technologies please do get in touch via the website.