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Apple in Education - Lee Evans - iansyst Ltd


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Apple in Education - Lee Evans - iansyst Ltd

  1. 1. Apple in Education latest offerings from Apple
  2. 2. Guest Speaker: John d’Abbro, Apple Distinguished Educator <ul><li>An exploration of digital creativity used to engage and motivate ‘hard-to-reach’ learners in behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) </li></ul><ul><li>John is Head of the New Rush Hall Group, an organization that works with children experiencing behavioural, emotional and/or social difficulties (BESD). The group is made up of an all age day special school, 3 Short Stay Schools (PRUs), an adolescent psychiatric unit, a behavioural support Outreach Team and a multi- disciplinary compensatory Early Years’ Provision. </li></ul><ul><li>See for further details about the Group. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Mac? <ul><li>Students with disabilities opt for arts, not IT, </li></ul><ul><li>Times Higher Education reports </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis by Danielle Farrel, a research assistant at the University of the West of Scotland who is herself disabled, found that contrary to popular belief, students with disabilities are less likely to study technical subjects such as IT. </li></ul><ul><li>Across the UK, 4.6 per cent of students doing IT-related degrees have disabilities, compared with 9.4 per cent in creative arts and design and 7.7 per cent in history and philosophy. </li></ul><ul><li>The paper, co-authored by John Robertson, reader in media education at the West of Scotland, adds that the large number of students with dyslexia among those registered disabled may account for the trend. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;This specific group tends to choose courses based around a more visual nature rather than courses that involve a lot of note-taking lectures and written exams,&quot; it says. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Mac? <ul><li>Reliability Rates of Manufacturers SquareTrade analysed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by their Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. Apple’s Commitment to Accessibility as standard <ul><li>Apple includes assistive technology in its products as standard features — at no additional cost. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, iPhone, iPod, and Mac OS X include screen magnification and VoiceOver, a screen-access technology, for the blind and visually impaired. </li></ul><ul><li>To assist those with cognitive and learning disabilities, every Mac includes an alternative, simplified user interface that rewards exploration and learning. Including basic text to speech & a dictionary. </li></ul><ul><li>And, for those who find it difficult to use a mouse, every Mac computer includes Mouse Keys, Slow Keys, and Sticky Keys that adapt the computer to the user’s needs and capabilities. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Apple’s Commitment to Accessibility by design <ul><li>Macs have cross platform compatibility, so all the popular file formats which are supported in Mac Office 2008, such as PDF, EPS and XLS can be opened, modified and shared between Mac and PC. Even Windows networks are accessible to Mac users. The entire range of Mac’s come with a built in Web cam for remote visual support. There are a variety of connectivity options including Bluetooth, Wifi, Ethernet, USB and Firewire. These help you to connect to the web and sync with your peripherals. </li></ul><ul><li>Web browsing is much safer with a Mac, with no virus worries. The UNIX foundation that Apple has used to build the Mac has provided the platform to make it much harder for hackers to achieve their objective of creating havoc via the web or internet. </li></ul><ul><li>The move to UNIX and Intel based platforms has enabled an increase in the amount of shareware and commercial applications to be made available. This has meant there is far more assistive technology available </li></ul><ul><li>now for our customers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Apple’s Commitment to Accessibility by design <ul><li>The MacBook’s; iPod Touch; iPhone; and soon the iPad all have gesture control built in. Allowing you to quickly flip between applications, your desktop, rotate images, Zoom in & out etc… Why use a single pointer to control function as with a mouse, when we have 10 fingers? </li></ul><ul><li>Apple has included a few hardware design features which are unique to Macs. For example the Magsafe is a magnetic connection system, unlike a conventional socket and plug, so if you trip over the cable connecting the Mac to the power supply it will be released, keeping the Mac where is should be and not in pieces on the floor. Another hardware feature is the slot-loading drives, for your CD’s / DVD’s which avoids the external parts of an optical drive found on Notebooks, which can be knocked, poked or nudged leading to breakages. </li></ul><ul><li>The MacBook also offers a keyboard type known as a ‘chiclet’. This provides a few millimetres gap between each key, which helps to avoid accidental key presses and gives you the option of replacing a key rather </li></ul><ul><li>than a whole keyboard if a particular key breaks. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Extra Assistance on your Mac: Latest developments – Assistive Technology <ul><li>Dictation and voice control , </li></ul><ul><li>MacSpeech Dictate, recently acquired by Nuance. Going from strength to strength. </li></ul><ul><li>VoxEnable , traditionally allowing speech enabled software applications on the PC, have begun looking at providing the same possibilities for the Mac. </li></ul><ul><li>MacSpeech Scribe , the speech transcription solution for the Mac. Record a spoken-word audio file and save it. Open your audio file with MacSpeech Scribe, click the Transcribe button, and MacSpeech Scribe does the rest. transcribe from spoken audio recordings made on Mac, iPhone and digital recorders, It supports a variety of audio file formats </li></ul><ul><li>( .wav, .aif, .aiff, .m4v, .mp4, and .m4a.) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Extra Assistance on your Mac: Latest developments – Assistive Technology <ul><li>Organisation & Planning , Mapping software: </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration 9 (NEW!!), more organizing capabilities in Outline View. NEW Presentation Manager to present knowledge. More images in Diagram View. FREE Inspiration Presenter, so its easier to share your ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Mind Manager 8 : A visual tool to organize, manage, </li></ul><ul><li>and communicate ideas and information to solve problems, drive innovation, and make consistent progress towards goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Mind View v3 (NEW!!): A comprehensive, visual tool designed to help develop and organize ideas. Enhancing creativity, clarifies thinking and improves memory. Improving Reading and Writing Skills, </li></ul><ul><li>Note Taking, and Revision. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Extra Assistance on your Mac: Latest developments – Assistive Technology <ul><li>Organisation & Planning , </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Entourage, Tame the Chaos, with the mac </li></ul><ul><li>equivalent of Outlook. Record daily events & tasks, </li></ul><ul><li>combined with email, and address book, Set up </li></ul><ul><li>‘ My Day’ to help as a daily memory jogger.. </li></ul><ul><li>NoteBook, organize information naturally , using a </li></ul><ul><li>familiar notebook interface (similar to MS OneNote). </li></ul><ul><li>Add text, drag in files and folders. Clip web research, </li></ul><ul><li>mail messages , annotate information with diagrams </li></ul><ul><li>and sketches, highlighting and keywords. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Extra Assistance on your Mac: Latest developments – Assistive Technology <ul><li>Text to Speech / Vocabulary support tools , </li></ul><ul><li>TextHelp’s Read & Write & </li></ul><ul><li>ClaroRead (USB stick version coming soon!!) </li></ul><ul><li>Note taking solutions , </li></ul><ul><li>LiveScribe SmartPen & </li></ul><ul><li>Olympus range of recorders: DM 450/550 </li></ul><ul><li>& soon to follow DM5 mobile solution, June 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Notetaker v3 – for the mac, hoped for 2011… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Latest developments – AssistiveWare Providers of Mac software solutions for Access for physical impairments; vision impairments; Language and communication support <ul><li>AssistiveWare releases Proloquo2Go 1.2 , an iPhone app that gives a voice </li></ul><ul><li>Proloquo2Go™ provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch. </li></ul><ul><li>AssistiveWare are renowned specialists in Mac ‘on-screen keyboard’ software and ‘touch screens’ for people with disabilities. </li></ul>
  13. 13. iPhone & iPod touch – mobile support <ul><li>Support in your pocket…a mobile solution to help with organisation & planning. Accessibility built in: Text to Speech (VoiceOver - gesture based screen reader) ; Zoom control; Screen Contrast; Large Fonts; Tactile Buttons; A screen that you touch, not press. </li></ul><ul><li>Plus the freedom to choose an application, that helps you. Example assistive apps include: </li></ul><ul><li>Via Dictate (MacSpeech for the iPhone); </li></ul><ul><li>ReQall ( captures tasks and ideas, automatically organizes your information, integrates with your Outlook or Google Calendar, provides proactive memory assistance); </li></ul><ul><li>iBlueSky ( Mind Mapping software ); </li></ul><ul><li>iTalk ( Recording app); plus Google maps, Internet, Calculator, Mail </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. iansyst & Apple <ul><li>iansyst celebrated its 25 th Anniversary in 2008 of independent trading. This makes us one of the longest running dyslexia-focused companies in the country. Apple recognised iansyst as a leader in their field and awarded us the coveted Apple Solutions Expert in 2005, in recognition of our achievements. </li></ul><ul><li>iansyst have offered Macs to our customers for many years. In that time the Mac has evolved from a niche platform for designers and those needing creative software, to a wider market that require an extremely stable OS. The benefit of being an Apple Solution Expert is that with a direct relationship with Apple, iansyst have access to the majority of Mac products so we can customize the Mac to exact requirements. We also have access to education pricing for primary, secondary, higher educational establishments and teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>What we offer as an Apple Solutions Expert: </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the latest Mac technology; </li></ul><ul><li>Accredited Mac technicians; </li></ul><ul><li>National Training Team who understand Mac’s; </li></ul><ul><li>Apple focused section on the ITS website. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Speaker Profile: Lee Evans, Assistive Technology Specialist & Regional Account Manager, iansyst <ul><li>Based in Gloucestershire, Lee joined iansyst in June 2001. Having previously worked for internet & electronic companies around Bristol & the Midlands, and doing voluntary work for local colleges on computing. He graduated from Birmingham University in 1994, with a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Lee has provided support to Mac & PC users alike over the last nine years, as an Assistive Technology Trainer. </li></ul><ul><li>He has always found it fascinating to play with computers and see what they are capable of, and being dyslexic himself, has found them invaluable in helping him. He says, ‘Working for iansyst is a great opportunity to help others do the same.’ </li></ul>