University of Edinburgh

Course 3: Eye Gaze, iPads, Apps and Switches

Presented on Monday, 31st August 2015

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 33
Number of Respondents: 31

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

I can see a lot of potential for my students. They will gain a lot from the photography apps.
Going to share info, especially about apps with mainstream, as feel they could be of use to mainstream and bridge inclusion.
Feeding back to staff and parents to help "Shetland-wide" communication skills improve.
I want to investigate Eye Gaze Technology for a pupil in my setting. The i-Pad session will be used and integrated into my everyday teaching.
To share with my work colleagues.
Yes definitely.
Excellent app ideas for use in class. I look forward to looking at the presenter's website to see supplementary material.
ICT lessons. Inform staff.
To support teams of staff in iPad/Eye Gaze development/awareness.
Hopefully lots, as I have started in a new post and have a steep learning curve.
Best way to use iPads with complex needs.
Share with department. Organise iPad sessions for department. Review apps. Look more closely at how we are using technology to enhance learning for each child.
To share with colleagues and to apply with children I support. Also that Eye Gaze is NOT the answer for all - I feel vindicated!
To support the inclusion of all children in learning in a mainstream classroom.
I support families at home who ask for switch work. I also get asked about Eye Gaze a little too.
Lots of new ideas to try.
Will use it as soon as I go back to school. Lots of useful ideas.
Use iPads more effectively. Increase my everyday use of switches.
This made me think carefully about the use of ICT, switches, etc.
Share with colleagues ideas and apps. Use ideas for switch. Use iPad apps.
Share with my colleagues and hopefully get people thinking about their practices around AAC.
Introduce new iPad apps. Ways to introduce use in the classroom.
Audit current practice/resources in our school. Twilight to feed back to staff the key messages. Inform plan to use new AAC switch resources.
A more creative, fun way to using switches and other tech!
Build a strategy for using technology in school to build progression from P1-S6. Allowed me to structure thoughts for in-service day presenter will be delivering in school. Emphasise how we use iPads in school.
I am new to PMLD, so am desperate for guidance, so will use everything.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

The presenter was engaging and obviously spoke from experience.
The information provided, especially about apps and Eye Gaze.
Presenter's knowledge, experience and personality.
Loads of accessible information. Completely pertinent to my situation and development needs. Current and up to date.
The easy listening presenter. Content was delivered in an easy to understand way.
Analysis of reasoning behind ICT.
I have enjoyed seeing the apps and examples of how they work.
Very amusing speaker. Never enough time to hear everything! Easy to understand and able to answer all our questions. Very knowledgeable and approachable. Fantastic info/advice re Eye Gaze.
Use iPad apps for story writing. Try to implement more switch use with two complex pupils.
Information on iPads, free apps and accessible YouTube.
I enjoyed hearing about the use of apps for learning. Thinking more about Eye Gaze and how to know if it is really working. Switching.
Useful apps to use in class.
Presenter was excellent!! Funny, witty, honest - sharing of information, knowledge, okay to question why.
Knowledgeable and very lively presenter whose dedication to meeting the needs of the pupils was at the heart of everything he said. Delightfully irreverent!!
Suggested applications for use on iPads to allow children to access literacy in new ways.
Very positive and upbeat. Looking forward to seeing the handouts.
Honest evaluation of what's available.
Information given by presenter.
Learning about useful ways of using switch tech.
Information and honesty of course presenter.
All very useful. Part on switches was particularly useful.
Relevance of information. Lots of great ideas to use back at school. Access YouTube - can't wait.
Presenter's honesty about the technology available. Examples of what can work.
iPad apps - how to use, value of apps.
All of it! Apps/switches.
Lots to learn, but using plenty of humour and being very clear about what we want children to learn. It was very inspiring - we need you in our school!
Look at why you use technology, using the camera on iPad. A brief look at 3 key components iPad, Eye Gaze, switches. Presenter is a first class trainer, thank you.
Eye Gaze.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

It would be good to have time to explore the apps myself. Another day dedicated to this would be great.
More time spent on Eye Gaze.
I felt the morning pace a little slow and would have preferred to hear more about how the i-Pad could be used for areas other than taking photos.
A long time to listen for 2-2 1/2 hours in one go.
Allow participants to experiment with and become familiar with the equipment.
It was really spot on.
More demonstrations of apps for iPad. Explanation of settings of iPad.
More time?

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 2
Course Info Email from SSC: 8
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 12
SSC eBulletin: 2
Colleague: 4
SSC Website: 1
Other (please state): 1 (printout in staff room from sensory team), 1 (email from local authority contact)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Multi sensory room for teaching.
Age appropriate activities.
Curriculum planning embracing CPE outcomes/experiences.
In-service day training in school re apps, iPads and switch technology.
More practical experience.
A whole day on each of the three parts covered today.