The following are some of the programmes used:
IDL uses sight, sound, touch, and voice to improve reading and spelling. Links are made between the visual, auditory and tactile pathways. It has been simply designed to make it easy for pupils and teachers to use. Pupils will be able to work independently or with minimum supervision, whilst teachers will be able to track and monitor progress effortlessly. IDL automatically generates a starting point for pupils based on their individual reading and spelling ability. The program can also meet individual visual needs – pupils can choose their own page background and text colours to make tracking and place finding easier, helping to combat visual stress. Bright, colourful imagery can be fun and engaging, but this can often be a visual distraction for pupils with Dyslexia and dyslexic type tendencies - this can make it difficult to differentiate between text and graphics. IDL has been purposefully designed to enable pupils to solely focus on letters and words as they appear on screen. The programme encourages pupils to learn independently, allowing for larger intervention groups. The cloud is used to store pupil progress so they can work from any location - picking up where they left off.
DocsPlus gives students with high incidence special needs the support they need to independently tackle curriculum writing tasks. It can also be used by many learners who require additional access arrangements for exams. Organising ideas is a vital step in the writing process and it is something that many students find difficult. DocsPlus includes tools to help students capture their ideas and refer back to them as they write, including a built-in mapping tool and an audio note creator. Users benefit from word prediction, writing frames and curriculum vocabulary banks to help them demonstrate their knowledge and achieve writing success.
Sumdog provides engaging adaptive learning for maths, spelling, and grammar. Sumdog's game-based learning, based on extensive research in schools, is designed to motivate as many students as possible. Each Sumdog game can be used to practise a vast range of skills. This means pupils can learn together, even if they're working at different levels.
BBC Skillswise is a website which focuses on English and Maths for adults. Pupils can access a range of factsheets, worksheets, interactive games and quizzes which test their literacy and numeracy skills. The content is more adult than other IT programmes and websites for schools, giving our pupils confidence to work independently on age appropriate contents. Pupils can access this programme easily at home with parents supporting.
SAM Group North Lanarkshire
We liaise with the SAM Group (Support by Assistive Media Group) where a pupil is experiencing sustained difficulties in understanding or in accessing learning there may be a role for assistive technology. Referrals can be made to the SAM Group through a Request for Assistance. Referrals are set at Stage 2 Interventions (GIRFEC). The SAM specialist teacher can work with an identified pupil, school staff and parents in the use of ASN software / specialist equipment. This may also involve him/her working in conjunction with other service providers or partners who support the child (if appropriate to the task). The SAM Group also delivers CSP opportunities with an ASN focus.