Brilliant Ideas for Using ICT in the Inclusive Classroom

Brilliant Ideas for Using ICT in the Inclusive Classroom

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Shortisted as ERA Finalist 2013

How can you use ICT to boost the achievement of all your pupils?

This practical teachers' guide will help you to unlock the enormous potential of new technology in order to enhance pupils' learning, particularly for young people with additional needs. Written by two of the UK's leading technology experts, this invaluable new resource will enable you to use ICT effectively to make lessons more accessible, motivating and fun.

With fifty illustrated case studies and twenty starter activities, this practical resource will help you to introduce new technology into the inclusive classroom. It has been specifically designed to help develop your pupils' key skills, such as problem solving, developing concepts and communicating to different audiences. In each activity, the authors show why and how a particular resource was used and show how similar techniques can be implemented to open up the curriculum to your learners.

The authors include timely and realistic advice on how to use a range of technologies from the cheap and cheerful - and even free - to more sophisticated and specialist packages. Find out about:


digital animation

iPods and iPads

dance mat technology

digital storytelling


online reading schemes

sat nav

story boarding

games and gaming

mobile phones

art packages

using sound


Whether you're already techno-savvy or looking to get started with ICT, this book is full of brilliant ideas on how to engage learners of all abilities using technology. If you're looking for inspiration on how to integrate creative uses of ICT with the curriculum, this book will prove invaluable.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 208 x 294 x 10mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 25 Halftones, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white; 30 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0415672546
  • 9780415672542
  • 116,702

Table of contents

ICT in education: the road ahead - Ray Barker BESA Why you need this book About the authors Part 1: 50 Brilliant Ideas Brilliant Idea 1: Getting smart with the versatile SmartBoard Brilliant Idea 2: Disney and Spielberg need to look to their laurels Brilliant Idea 3: Visit museums online and become a Caboodle curator! Brilliant Idea 4: An online world opens reading to boys Brilliant Idea 5: Words on the move with CapturaTalk Brilliant Idea 6: Learning French: quicker with Clicker Brilliant Idea 7: Put comics in the mix: improving narrative skills Brilliant Idea 8: Dance your way to fitness Brilliant Idea 9: Digital video for life stories Brilliant Idea 10: Tell me all about it: recording pupils' voices in place of writing! Brilliant Idea 11: Seeing is believing Brilliant Idea 12: Mathletics - bringing a competitive edge to maths learning Brilliant Idea 13: Chatting about Miss Havisham Brilliant Idea 14: iMovie supports the curriculum Brilliant Idea 15: Radio freedom: make a podcast and take control of the airwaves! Brilliant Idea 16: Keeping pupils `in the zone' Brilliant Idea 17: The `I' in iPod: personalised learning Brilliant Idea 18: Yes, Wii can: turn-taking and getting fit Brilliant Idea 19: Playing by ear: using Textease Studio CT to develop writing skills Brilliant Idea 20: Band identity: music and marketing Brilliant Idea 21: iPads - next generation technology Brilliant Idea 22: Mashing up art Brilliant Idea 23: Coping With Chaos in the classroom Brilliant Idea 24: Not just an open book Brilliant Idea 25: Storyboarding for behavioural needs Brilliant Idea 26: There's treasure in texting Brilliant Idea 27: Creating a communication-friendly environment with symbols Brilliant Idea 28: A little PSP goes a long way Brilliant Idea 29: Using a TomTom to make sense of the world Brilliant Idea 30: Visualiser brings classwork into focus Brilliant Idea 31: Spinning a yarn: using DVDs to raise writing standards Brilliant Idea 32: `Would all cashiers return to their cash desk' Brilliant Idea 33: Gaming is good for you! Brilliant Idea 34: Using online video to bring citizenship to life Brilliant Idea 35: Resounding success - audio in the inclusive classroom Brilliant Idea 36: Lights, action, sing karaoke? Brilliant Idea 37: Dawn of the machines Brilliant Idea 38: Accessible Music in a Cube Brilliant Idea 39: PowerPoint and the Hungry Caterpillar Brilliant Idea 40: Fizzing along with the all-singing, all-dancing classroom PC Brilliant Idea 41: Teddy and the Toolkit Brilliant Idea 42: The Crazy Gerbil Brilliant Idea 43: Right on track with WriteOnline Brilliant Idea 44: Switch it up: toys with a twist Brilliant Idea 45: Makeover makes learning more active Brilliant Idea 46: Praise where praise is due Brilliant Idea 47: A picture is worth so much more than a thousand words Brilliant Idea 48: "Come on you lazy lot, let's go adventuring!" Brilliant Idea 49: Numbed by numbers no longer Brilliant Idea 50: What happens to hot ice cream? What does the future hold? Lorraine Petersen nasen Part 2: Now it's your turn - 20 Brilliant starters to get you going Brilliant starter 1: Using your Smartboard Brilliant starter 2: Using ActivInspire Brilliant starter 3: Using symbol software Brilliant starter 4: Using your camera Brilliant starter 5: Using sound Brilliant starter 6: Using easyspeak microphones Brilliant starter 7: Inserting sound files into Powerpoint, Notebook or ActivInspire Brilliant starter 8: Inserting hyperlinks into Powerpoint, Notebook or ActivInspire Brilliant starter 9: Inserting custom animation into Powerpoint Brilliant starter 10: Using Word Brilliant starter 11: Choosing a suitable spelling program Brilliant starter 12: Using Clicker 5 Brilliant starter 13: Using Garageband Brilliant starter 14: Using I Can Animate Brilliant starter 15: Using I Can Present Brilliant starter 16: Using iMovie Brilliant starter 17: Using Movie Maker Brilliant starter 18: Using Photostory3 Brilliant starter 19: Creating a comic with Comic Life Brilliant starter 20: Making printable books with Publisher
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'Brilliant ideas is a book of two halves. The first part gives examples from practice of the use of ICT in the widest sense - Satnavs, dance mats, and games consoles sit alongside more conventional equipment such as interactive whiteboards and laptops ... Part two gives brief overviews of a host of resources, with ideas to start using them. Like the first section there is a mixture of resources we might recognise, and some that could be new to the reader.' - John Galloway, advisory teacher for ICT/SEN and inclusion

'I am sure that there will be new ideas here for even the most tech-savvy teachers. It is gratifying to note that most of the technologies showcased in the book are either free or available at a reasonable cost.' - Teaching and Learning with Technology

'Sally McKeown and Angela McGlashon have produced a book that will be an excellent resource for lesson ideas for busy teachers who want an effective way of using ICT to provide ways for all children to be included in the learning environment of the class' - Judith Stansfield, BDA NTC (Associate)

'If you're looking for inspiration on how to integrate creative uses of ICT with the curriculum, this book will prove invaluable.' - The Book Depository

'Some of Education Today's favourite suggested ICT uses include the chance for young people to experience life as a museum curator using a specialised free website (p6), and the idea of using a Tom Tom to make sense of the world (p48). This particular case study shows how a group of young people with learning difficulties, including Aspergers syndrome, autism and Downs syndrome used a sat-nav to improve their communication skills and explore their local community using maps.' - Education Today

'The brilliant ideas are presented in the form of short (one or two pages) case studies, illustrating how they have been used in schools throughout the UK. Many teachers will already be using some of the approaches described in the book, but there is sure to be something new for everybody.' - Allan Wilson, CALL Scotland

'The book focuses on students with a disability, provides effective techniques for enhancing learning outcomes and increasing engagement and motivational levels in students.' - International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

'Brilliant Ideas for Using ICT in the Inclusive Classroom is an excellent guide to using ICT in the SEN classroom,but has lots of ideas for teachers in mainstream schools too.' - WhiteboardBlog

'This no-nonsense guide to using ICT to enhance the learning of children with additional needs will make lessons more accessible and learners more engaged and motivated.' -

'This is a very helpful `hands-on' book for busy teachers who want to use technology to open up the curriculum for their students but are not quite sure where to start.'- Fiona Bull, Dyslexia Review, November 2012
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About Angela Mcglashon

Sally McKeown is an award-winning journalist who specialises in articles about disability. She has taught in schools and colleges, supporting students with a wide range of learning needs, and now runs training courses for charities and educators.

Angie McGlashon is a former teacher, Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex, LA adviser, business manager and trainer for a variety of software companies. She is now a freelance consultant working with many mainstream and special schools.
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