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20KE601 Assistive Technology for Specific Learing Differences

Target Group

Primary/Post Primary Teachers and SNA’s


With the increased number of students diagnosed with specific learning differences and the wide variety of assistive technologies recommended to them, there is a clear gap in the technologies recommended for students and the skills required to train the students in these technologies. This course will help educators gain a core understanding of how these assistive technologies work in order to maximise their students’ academic potential.

Course Contents

The course will incorporate demonstrations in the following primary areas:

·         Narration Technologies.

·         Note-taking Technologies.

·         Dictation Technologies.

·         Mind mapping Technologies.

If participants have a username and password to access to Microsoft Office 365 and Google Docs, then they will have an opportunity to practice the built-in dictation applications of these tools. However, this is not imperative as the instructor will provide a demonstration on the capabilities of these technologies will be provided also.

Learning Outcome

Following the successful completion of this course, participants will have broadened their knowledge of assistive technologies which should enable them to identify suitable technology interventions for students with specific learning differences. This course will also be of benefit to teachers in their work which can significantly reduce the time it takes in the composition of lesson plans, reports, research papers and theses.

Participant Requirements

Participants can bring their Android or Apple tablet/phone but this is not a prerequisite.

About the Trainer

The course will be delivered by Mark Burleigh, who has over 10 year’s experience in teaching Assistive Technology to audiences from primary to third level education. He holds a single honours degree in Computer Science and a research master’s degree in Computer Science from University College Cork. He undertakes research in the area of assistive technology in higher education and has published papers in the field. He is also an Oracle Certified Associate in Java and has a passion for teaching technology to all levels.

Event Properties

Event Date 29-02-2020 11:00 am
Event End Date 29-02-2020 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 14-01-2020
Capacity 20
Registered 9
Cut off date 28-02-2020
Individual Price €30.00
Location Kildare Education Centre
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    Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co Kildare,
  • Eircode:
    R51 KN66