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ICT Resources & Supports: National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) & Department of Education and Science (DES). Issues for the SEN/LS teacher. Matching technology with students Training in ICT and SEN Choosing hardware/assistive technology Getting funding for ICT & purchasing
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ICT Resources & Supports: National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) & Department of Education and Science (DES)
Issues for the SEN/LS teacher • Matching technology with students • Training in ICT and SEN • Choosing hardware/assistive technology • Getting funding for ICT & purchasing • Choosing software tools • Choosing or creating appropriate digital content • Using software/ICT in the classroom • Getting support/helping yourself NCTE is a source of support in most of these areas, as follows:
NCTE/DES Technology Support • Grants for ICT use in special needs, issued by DES (without application) to the school • DES funds for individual special needs students (application-based) • Laptops for visiting teachers • Providing special needs advice e.g., through booklets, NCTE website, etc.
Grants for Individual Students with Special Needs Primary • Application-based procedure for individual students with specific assistive technology needs • Schools apply to the Special Educational Needs Organiser with assigned responsibility for the school. See NCSE website for SENO contact details . . . www.ncse.ie .
Grants for Individual Students with Special Needs Post-Primary • Application-based procedure for individual students with specific assistive technology needs. Schools apply to the SENO with assigned responsibility for the school. • The eligibility criteria, application form and procedure under the terms of Memo 14/05, all available on www.education.ie - choose “Children with Special Needs”, then view file Circular M14/05.
NCTE Software Support • Software evaluation activity • involves special needs teachers/titles • see NCTE website/ Software Central (www.softwarecentral.ie) • Guide to software evaluation published • Funds software library in education centres • Contact local ICT advisor for access • Some peripherals/assistive technology for special needs also available in these libraries • Talks/demos arranged in education centres
NCTE SEN/ICT Training • Training starts with basic training: introductory phases 1 and 2. • ICT and special needs courses: • The Basics • Learning Support • Mild General Learning Disabilities • Moderate, Severe/Profound General Learning Disabilities and Multiple Disabilities • Deaf/Hard of Hearing • Visual impairment • Autistic Spectrum Disorders • Courses in various technology skills, e.g., the Internet, and in using ICT in the curriculum • Support groups through education centres
Using ICT in the classroom: • Supporting projects looking at • use of specific technologies/software • different uses of ICT with students with special needs, e.g., Laptops Initiative • See NCTE website and SIP website for project information (www.ncte.ie); (www.sip.ie) • Working with NCCA on development of curricular guidelines & exemplars for ICT • Working with DES and others to provide digital information and content
NCTE: Internet content and support Scoilnet: Irish education portal • Curriculum resources and weblinks (not only on ICT) • Special needs section • www.scoilnet.ie NCTE website: Info and advice on ICT • Special needs technology section • www.ncte.ie Developing digital content Promoting internet safety
Other NCTE SEN activities • Working with European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education • See case studies on www.senist.net • See also www.european-agency.org • Identifying support issues - regional and local support (feeding into policy and practice) • Co-ordinating service delivery to schools with regional ICT advisors
General Support Sources • Support groups via education centres • Other schools / teachers • NCTE special needs staff • ICT Advisors • Participants in innovative projects • Publications, talks, conferences • Referrals to other services, e.g., special needs and ICT advice service - DES
ICT Advisor Network • ICT Advisors located in full-time education centres - work with NCTE to provide advice, support and training to schools West Cork
NCTE Contacts (for SEN) Address: National Centre for Technology in Education, DCU, Dublin 9 Ph: 01-700 8200 Fax: 01-700 8210 Email: email@example.com Web:www.ncte.ie; www.scoilnet.ie; www.softwarecentral.ie