Having spent many years teaching in a main stream primary classroom I returned to school this year with the exciting challenge of teaching children with special educational needs [SEN] as a resource teacher. The Down Syndrome website provides an excellent list of free and commercial software that you may use within your classroom. A site that was really informative with regards to visual schedules was Teacher Space. This had a number of short videos which outlined how to use a visual schedules with SEN pupils.
After watching the videos I set about creating visual timetables for my own pupils. Of course there is no point in re-inventing the wheel and I found a number of websites which provided Ready to Go printable and IWB visual schedules.
- HandsinAutism – How to create a visisual schedule
- TES – a list of visual schedule resources.
- TES – word document with PECS created.
- Special Educational Technology British Columbia
- Do2Learn – many free resources here.
- Lessonpix – articles on visual learner
- SENassist - free pics. Also, a complete set of free visual lessons on Little Red Riding Hood.
IWB Visual Schedules
- Communication4All Powerpoint visual schedule
- Down’s Syndrome Assocation for young adults
- Down’s Syndrome Assocation Primary School Visual Timetable – You need to buy this for £2.01 & need a UK address.
I know that these are only touching the surface of the number of ICT resources and I hope to read and learn much more over the school year on using ICT to enhance the teaching and learning within my class. Another useful class blog that I will be using for resources is of a colleague in school and it can be accessed here.