University of Edinburgh

iPads in the Classroom for Learners with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Thursday, 29th October 2015


Since its launch in April 2010, iPad has grown to become the most popular tablet computer in use within the education sector here in the UK and throughout the world. There are many reasons for the widespread adoption of iPad in education, namely the diverse range of dedicated apps, integration with the Apple Eco system and the tablet's class leading accessibility features.

This course offered an up-to-date accessibility overview using the latest version of iOS, iOS9. The day comprised an alternating sequence of mini presentations followed by practical ‘hands on’ sessions using iPad.

There was opportunity to take an indepth look at the real life experience of using iPad in education with learners with a visual impairment. In addition to iOS itself, this course considered integration with other learning technologies, relevant third party hardware, and the ever-growing catalogue of iPad apps.

"I thought I was fairly iPad competent, but I have learnt so much today! I particularly liked the "practical setup" element. I will be going home to practise."

"Very good balance of presentation content and opportunity for hands on practical activity to try out accessibility functions."

Target Audience

This course is of interest to teachers, additional support needs assistants, parents and all those who support a child or young person with a visual impairment.


Robin Spinks, Senior Manager, Digital Accessibility Consultancy, RNIB


10.10 am Accessibility overview using iOS9

1.15 pm Case studies: visually impaired learners using iPads

2.15 pm Integration with other learning technologies

3.30 pm Course Evaluation and close