University of Edinburgh

iPads in the Classroom for Learners with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Friday, 30th January 2015


This course explored how an iPad can successfully be used in a mainstream classroom with children and young people with a visual impairment to access the curriculum. It was a practical course that looked at:

  • Accessibility features in iOS8
  • mirroring of whiteboard onto iPad
  • Voice control, eg, Siri
  • Magnifiers
  • Scanning
  • File sharing
  • Content and non-content filled apps

The participants will have gained a practical understanding of how an iPad can help a child or young person in a mainstream school access the curriculum. The impact of the course will be further independence through the use of technology for the child or young person in the mainstream classroom.

"The course was geared to what I needed and wanted to know. Well put together course."

"Has given me confidence to use and demonstrate the many uses of the iPad."

Target Audience

Teachers, additional support needs assistants, parents and all those who support a child or young person with a visual impairment.


Matthew Carr, Blindability, West Midlands.