2nd Edition

Brilliant Ideas for Using ICT in the Inclusive Classroom

By Sally McKeown, Angela McGlashon Copyright 2015
    134 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    134 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Runner up in Teach Secondary’s Technology and Innovation Awards 2014 sponsored by Lego, Brilliant Ideas for using ICT in the Inclusive Classroom provides lots of simple practical ideas showing teachers and support staff how they can use ICT to boost the achievement of all pupils.

    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 and newly updated 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:

    • Apps
    • Blogging
    • Digital animation
    • Podcasting
    • Digital storytelling
    • Wikis
    • Geocaching
    • Coding
    • Games and gaming
    • Sat nav
    • Art packages
    • Twitter

    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.

    Part 1: Brilliant Ideas

    1 A tale of Tigtag, iPads and invertebrates

    2 Disney and Spielberg need to look to their laurels

    3 Visit museums online and become a Caboodle curator!

    4 Taking a dip in the summer months

    5 Using the technology to teach touch typing

    6 Androids and CapturaTalk narrow the achievement gap

    7 Put comics in the mix: improving narrative skills

    8 Blogging widens horizons

    9 Digital video for life stories

    10 Tell me all about it: recording pupils’ voices in place of writing!

    11 Living on a Prayer with Gigajam

    12 Mathletics: bringing a competitive edge to maths learning

    13 Chatting about Miss Havisham

    14 iMovie supports the curriculum

    15 Choosing wisely

    16 Radio freedom: make a podcast and take control of the airwaves!

    17 Listen and learn with Audio Notetaker

    18 Yes, Wii can: turn-taking and getting fit

    19 Band identity: music and marketing

    20 Relieving the pressure of examinations

    21 Quite Remarkable QR codes on the LearnPad

    22 The art of the matter

    23 Not just an open book

    24 Twitter brings in virtual visitors

    25 High tech hide and seek

    26 Coping with chaos in the classroom

    27 No need to blow it up

    28 Creating a communication-friendly environment with symbols

    29 Visualiser brings classwork into focus

    30 Using a TomTom to make sense of the world

    31 Get the monsters reading

    32 Memory matters

    33 Money, money, money

    34 Using online video to bring citizenship to life

    35 Resounding success: audio in the inclusive classroom

    36 Dawn of the machines

    37 Lights, action, sing karaoke?

    38 Accessible music in a cube

    39 A Word to the Wize

    40 Making school app-propriate

    41 Writing in code

    42 The crazy gerbil

    43 Poetry pleases thanks to Clicker

    44 Video ipads and early years

    45 A mobile phone can be the perfect safety net for vulnerable pupils

    46 A picture is worth so much more than a thousand words

    47 Mapping a child's ability

    48 ‘Come on you lazy lot, let’s go adventuring!’

    49 Making child's play of numbers

    50 What happens to hot ice cream?


    Sally McKeown is an award-winning journalist and author who specialises in 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.

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

    "Taking the format of short, informative leaflets, the book allows its reader to pick up a useful tip without the need to read the title fully in one sitting. […]As a SENCO who constantly endorses the use of ICT for children with special educational needs and disabilities, I was pleased to have ideas that could be given to teachers who want to embrace technology for the students in their class." – Ben Hulme, Nasen Special magazine

    "This book is an excellent resource. Used as a stimulus for staff development with teachers and assistants, it will enable them to inspire learners, engage the disenchanted, support the strugglers and generally liven up day-to-day lessons in ways that make a positive impact on achievement. It could make a very big difference in your school!" - Linda Evans, www.specialworld.net

    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

    "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)

    "This practical book is aimed at all teachers […] The layout of the book lends itself to being dipped into.[…]At the end of the book there are some starters where you are shown step by step how to use the technology in question- so there is no excuse for anyone to say they don’t know how to do something! […] I would recommend this book for all schools." – Sarah Combe, Special Children

    "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.' - Wheelers