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Jane haydon - Treloar's Technology Hub

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Presentation given at RSC London Conference on 28 March 2014

Presentation given at RSC London Conference on 28 March 2014

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  • Could you please cover an overview of the development of your accessibility with technology, and the challenges you have overcome. Also what the impact has been for the learners. Mention the apps used and which tools and resources you found most useful. The last part may well be just reference to the apps and tools for delegates to link to after the event. It will depend on how long you think the first part will take.
  • At Treloar’s since 2012 working initially with Business Systems, but now managing the newly formed TechnologyMember of Jisc Technology Advisory Group for Independent Specialist Colleges.
  • School and collegeTreloar’s has over 100 years history in the enabling of education for the physically disabled, beginning from the work of Lord Mayor Treloar.The Treloar Trust, is the charity, which runs the School & College and extends into Outreach Services.The Trust has royal patronage from HRH Countess of Wessex and boasts the Lord Mayor of London as an Honorary Trustee. We were pleased to welcome three alumni as patrons following their medal winning successes as part of Team GB at the 2012 Paralympics.The Trustees and Governing Body comprise professionals from a range of professions and in particular education and medical/care provision. On the governing body parents, students, staff are represented and we have members who successfully follow their chosen career whilst managing their own disability.Vision Treloar’s, saw the creation of the Holybourne Campus as it is today – a site which enables the education of physically disabled students from age 7 – 25 and acts as a hub for the development of a nationally recognised centre of expertise.
  •  Reduce costs following the reduction in student and numbers (and therefore demand for services). Maximise the potential of technology within Treloar’s to mitigate increasingly complex disabilities – really make technology one of our USPsThe demand for formal library provision has reduced in recent years but we envisage retaining this capablity as a flexible serviced space with unit members playing a role in general oversight during opening hours.Students had their own devices so weren’t even coming down to use the pc’s in the libraryTechnology has the potential to enrich both the lives and the learning of our students. It can also support the development and operation of the business as we fulfil our aims to achieve excellence and provide value for money.Assistive and Learning Technologies are evolving rapidly to mitigate increasingly complex disablities and allow Treloar’s student the propects of ever greater levels of independence and ahievement. Treloar’s has invested significant sums in technology and has the potential to use its skills, outlook and resources to drive the the development of A&LT in the interests of its students and the wider disabled community. We believe this potential will be better realised if we bring together the various separate specialisms across Treloar’s and encourage them to work together alongside and in the interests of each individual student. This will enable us to deliver our vision of creating an integrated package of technology support which supports learning, mitigates disability and enriches lives; support which will be customised, evolving and portable.Identified in Treloar’s latest Ofsted report that Information Learning Technology (ILT) needs to be more embedded in teaching and learningA more coordinated approach to technology has been identified in Treloar’s Quality Improvement PlanOfsted standards require that learners are prepared for transition; access to information communication technology (ICT) can:increase employabilityenable students to create/maintain family and social contacts during transition to a new environmentprovide autonomous leisure opportunitiesTreloar’s has a commitment that every learner will have access to appropriate technologyAt the rate technology is developing, it is impossible for every member of staff to stay fully aware of all developments and how this could work for their students A commitment to continually improve our outreach service provision by up-skilling and empowering staff within our outreach partnerships
  • To bring together our technology based staff into a single unit aiming to create a community of practice and expertise focussed on our Technology Vision and the deleivery of the ICT Strategy.To co-site staff in an accessible student/staff facing Technology Hub so that infomal interaction and dialogue between unit members, Treloar’s staff and students can be encouraged. It is envisiaged that this will be in the existing LRC space in the first instance.We will train approriate staff to work alongside teachers, care staff, therapists and students to increasingly support development on the front line.The demand for formal library provision has reduced in recent years but we envisage retaining this capablity as a flexible serviced space with unit members playing a role in general oversight during opening hours.Still convinced that there is a place for the library – focus on literacyThe College Switchboard and current Staffing will be relocated to the LRC/Technology Hub.This will enable us to deliver our vision of creating an integrated package of technology support which supports learning, mitigates disability and enriches lives; support which will be customised, evolving and portable.ILT timetabled classroomAT:Using technology to optimise learning and independence.MDT working with tutors, therapists and support staff to assess and understand the learner’s difficulties. Formulating technical solutions that are appropriate for the learner and their environment.Managing the expectations of technology with respect to resources and budget.Providing training and support to ensure that technology is used effectively.Access to education, communication and mobility with special computing, hardware and switches.department which consists of Computer Services, Business Systems, Assistive Technology, Learning Resources and Learning Technology.
  • To bring together our technology based staff into a single unit aiming to create a community of practice and expertise focussed on our Technology Vision and the deleivery of the ICT Strategy.To co-site staff in an accessible student/staff facing Technology Hub so that infomal interaction and dialogue between unit members, Treloar’s staff and students can be encouraged. It is envisiaged that this will be in the existing LRC space in the first instance.We will train approriate staff to work alongside teachers, care staff, therapists and students to increasingly support development on the front line.The demand for formal library provision has reduced in recent years but we envisage retaining this capablity as a flexible serviced space with unit members playing a role in general oversight during opening hours.The College Switchboard and current Staffing will be relocated to the LRC/Technology Hub.This will enable us to deliver our vision of creating an integrated package of technology support which supports learning, mitigates disability and enriches lives; support which will be customised, evolving and portable.ILT timetabled classroom
  • No more getting passed from pillar to postSingle phone number and new email addressTicketing system used by whole department to log and assign callsTo bring together our technology based staff into a single unit aiming to create a community of practice and expertise focussed on our Technology Vision and the deleivery of the ICT Strategy.To co-site staff in an accessible student/staff facing Technology Hub so that infomal interaction and dialogue between unit members, Treloar’s staff and students can be encouraged. It is envisiaged that this will be in the existing LRC space in the first instance.We will train approriate staff to work alongside teachers, care staff, therapists and students to increasingly support development on the front line.The demand for formal library provision has reduced in recent years but we envisage retaining this capablity as a flexible serviced space with unit members playing a role in general oversight during opening hours.The College Switchboard and current Staffing will be relocated to the LRC/Technology Hub.This will enable us to deliver our vision of creating an integrated package of technology support which supports learning, mitigates disability and enriches lives; support which will be customised, evolving and portable.ILT timetabled classroom
  • Already embraced the MDT culture – therapy, care, educationTo bring together our technology based staff into a single unit aiming to create a community of practice and expertise focussed on our Technology Vision and the deleivery of the ICT Strategy.To co-site staff in an accessible student/staff facing Technology Hub so that infomal interaction and dialogue between unit members, Treloar’s staff and students can be encouraged. It is envisiaged that this will be in the existing LRC space in the first instance.We will train approriate staff to work alongside teachers, care staff, therapists and students to increasingly support development on the front line.The demand for formal library provision has reduced in recent years but we envisage retaining this capablity as a flexible serviced space with unit members playing a role in general oversight during opening hours.The College Switchboard and current Staffing will be relocated to the LRC/Technology Hub.This will enable us to deliver our vision of creating an integrated package of technology support which supports learning, mitigates disability and enriches lives; support which will be customised, evolving and portable.ILT timetabled classroom – teachers previously not feeding back student accessibility issues – they were set up by AT at the beginning of the year. Now AT computer access work increased dramatically
  • Excellent unified first line supportDevelop use of CAT teamThis is where you say about the power of technology to mitigate disabilities
  • David using gesture to control the SMART TvEnvironmental controls – next term, up an area of the Tech Hub as a different room – lighting, heating, stereo etc
  • Using the apple TV to demonstrate an app to the iPad clubRomans theme – mock up of chariot, Ben Hur video with the fan going!
  • Wi challenge – staff and studentsSocial media – on same basis as able bodied student; reduced barriersBeing disabled can be very isolatingiPad club – encourages social interaction between students Movie clubAnimation clubSophie using her switch to control the iPad to create a pic collage for her mum for mother’s day
  • iPad clubMovie clubAnimation club
  • Access YouTube – simpler interface, full YouTube
  • Sophie using her switch to control the iPad to create a pic collage for her mum for mother’s dayAsk Mike what the interface box is called (and cost)
  • Green screen software…
  • And of course apps…Invest to save – project to assess students for tecchnology requirementsIndirectly we rely heavily on the gaming industry – equipment will quite often be astronomically expensive, but once adopted by the gaming industry and produced for the mass market the price reduces dramaticallyWe use a lot of apps – engage the students relatively cheap or free to licenseAurasma
  • Invest to save – project to assess students for tecchnology requirements Aurasma – Ian Karten printing centre – instructions for printers
  • Pinterest – for collecting ideas togetherPictello – take a picture, write or sound record some wordsDragon – free app (£100 for pc) but need wifi. For those students who struggle to get ideas onto paper, or have difficulty spelling
  • Our key message is the ability to replicate the services provided to our own students, externally.This includes:· customised access to information and communication technology· construction and modification of equipment· mounting communication equipment on to wheelchairs · daily living adaptations· mobility appraisals and solutions
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    • 1. Treloar’s Technology Hub 1
    • 2. Treloar’s and Me… 2
    • 3. Treloar’s Mission Education and much more for disabled young people • Integrated approach • Education • Therapy • Medical • Independence Training • Young People with Complex Physical Disabilities • Caring and supportive environment. 3
    • 4. The Challenge 1. Reduce costs 2. Maximise the potential of technology in line with our ICT Strategy and Vision 3. Greater integration of ILT in the classroom 4. Reduction in demand for formal library provision 4
    • 5. Technology based staff brought together into a single unit 5 Technology Hub Computer Services Business Systems Assistive Technology Learning Technology Learning Resources
    • 6. Utilisation of existing LRC space 6
    • 7. Tech Hub Helpdesk 7 • Single point of contact for all technology enquiries
    • 8. Student assessed holistically 8 1.Complex Access to Technology team 2.Timetabled classroom intervention from ILT team 3.Feedback to AT and Computer Services
    • 9. Our Vision • To enhance and support students’ education and independence through the use of technology • Support staff in their use of technology to achieve ‘outstanding’ 9 • To create a centre of technological excellence for the benefit of our students and the wider community
    • 10. Independence 10
    • 11. Education 11
    • 12. Leisure 12
    • 13. 13 Feedback from Student Voices • Good that all the departments are altogether • AT really help with independence • Really enjoy the Tech Hub, I go nearly every day but would like it to be open for longer • I like the help desk as there is more staff available to help • The Tech Hub is busier and it is a lot better now that they are altogether • The Tech hub is more interesting now that IT and AT are with the LRC, like the iPads and the themes and events like the Romans, it is inspiring to students • Preferred the layout last year as it was quieter and a more relaxing environment
    • 14. Affordable Technology 14
    • 15. Affordable Technology 15
    • 16. Affordable Technology 16
    • 17. Affordable Technology Apps… • Strip Designer 17
    • 18. Affordable Technology Apps… • Strip Designer • Aurasma 18
    • 19. Affordable Technology Apps… • Strip Designer • Aurasma • Pinterest • Pictello/Our Story • Dragon • Animate It 19
    • 20. Treloar’s and the Community • Professional Visitors Days • Outreach • Training 20
    • 21. Treloar’s Open Days 2013 21 Any Questions? jane.hayden@treloar.org.uk 01420 547748
    • 22. www.treloar.org.uk Treloar’s • Holybourne Alton Hampshire GU34 4GL T 01420 547 400 • E info@treloar.org.uk Charity number.1092857 Thank you 22