University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 10: iPads in the Classroom for Learners with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Thursday, 29th October 2015

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 25
Number of Respondents: 24

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?

Be greatly more confident in adapting settings to improve accessibility and in advising colleagues working with iPads.
I will use it to support VI learners across different stages. I will use the reading list to develop my knowledge.
Apply to supporting VI pupils and staff who support these pupils.
I work in a school with pupils with a VI. I also work with LAs who support them. Will pass on info.
I will use this in my daily practice supporting pupils with very severe visual impairment. Particularly a pupil starting to use Voiceover.
Knowledge will be used with VI pupils - Zoom/Bold Text/Voiceover/Siri.
I have found the information today very useful. I feel more confident.
Content very good.
Will take back to my link schools and use in discussions with class teachers and support staff in order to support children and young people with VI.
Will be used in daily working.
Practise it myself and hopefully be able to use it in 1:1 teaching in the future.
I will be able to pass on my knowledge of the iPad to teachers and pupils that I work with.
I will introduce the knowledge to both my colleagues and to those pupils who would benefit from being aware of the accessibility features on the iPad.
Practise at home and hopefully take into classroom and show children something new.
More confident to show other people how to adjust iPad settings.
Teach others within my school to use these settings.
Change settings on iPad to accommodate individual pupils and use Voiceover.
Experiment with inverting colours. Experiment with font size (smaller) mixed with Voiceover.
Experiment with maps (3D) to give pupil I work with some idea of where he is going and what places look like.
I will be able to use this immediately. I think that this will also help my dyslexic pupils also - Voiceover could make a difference for them too.
Support 2 VI pupils in secondary school. Inform IT Dept of apps for individuals' iPads. Disseminate to support for learning colleagues in primary and secondary.
All the accessibility tips, especially Zoom & Dictation. Some really useful apps to try. Really like Vision Assist.
Sharing with pupils and staff to enhance both parties' use of iPads within educational setting.
Loads of basic and necessary stuff. Thanks.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Talking through the accessibility features.
Good overview of how accessibility options are supporting VI users. However, I feel that I could have explored this on my own/with colleagues/friends who are familiar with iPad. Good reading list for further study - very helpful.
Excellent clear speakers.
Very good balance of presentation content and opportunity for hands on practical activity to try out accessibility functions.
Going through the accessibility options in a methodical way.
The morning session learning about accessibility.
Lots of information.
A chance to practise skills and ask questions of presenters. I enjoyed the presentation and felt the presenters were very engaging and easy to follow and listen to. I have taken away some new learning and skills I look forward to sharing with colleagues.
The presenter was very understanding when anyone was stuck. Took in all levels of learners, and was very patient when I got behind.
Presenters clearly know a lot about the different forms of technology and were able to pass on their knowledge in a very clear way.
I was unaware of most of the iPads functions, especially those associated with accessibility. I found that knowledge very useful.
Course tutor was very good at explaining and lots of patience for people who were having problems.
Hearing how iPads help people with a visual impairment from presenters with a visual impairment.
The viewpoint of the presenters from their visual impairments.
Realising the extent you can change settings and adapt to use for VI pupils. I am delighted to hear about Voiceover; I hadn't used it before. It was good to hear about other colleagues’ circumstances. Great info on Microsoft 365 and iPad.
Finding out how cheap some of the apps were! Improved my confidence to experiment despite crashing my iPad in the middle of the course. Gave me an awareness of loads of stuff available.
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.
Two presenters who have daily use/need of iPad and other devices and accessibility functions. Two presenters who are very knowledgeable and good sense of humour.
Lots of simple, practical tips. Enjoyed having my iPad with me to try out new things as we learned them.
Learning more about "speech". Knew quite a bit previously, but this will be very helpful with a pupil who has just been issued with an iPad.

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

Earlier start time, but appreciate that travel time is required. Presenter information could be sent ahead of day. Information re articles provided in PDF format. Less lunch time, but again understand varying need.
I was hoping to have case studies that looked in detail at how pupils were using the iPad in classroom settings. Examples of practical application on subject areas/primary class environment.
Unfortunate that "case studies" were omitted. This was what I was looking forward to and what I thought I'd learn most from. Integration - this was just touched on.
Seating at tables would make note taking/using the iPad easier and more comfortable.
Perhaps those that are able could be learning more. Split into workshops?
A handout would have been so helpful. (2)
It's a difficult one when you have varying degrees of experience and knowledge of iPads, but at times I felt the pace was a little slow. I understand you are catering to all audiences. I had also hoped for a wee bit more information on apps to support.
Perhaps some background notes to take home, i.e. simple bullet points. iPads could be provided. I was held back because my iPad wasn't "updated" and I therefore missed information.
Possibly a bit more practise.
It was aimed at people with very little experience of changing iPad settings, etc. It would have been good if this was clear on the info about the course, as although I felt I was already familiar with things discussed, I would have recommended other staff who had not used iPads much to come instead of myself.
The course title - aimed at beginners of iPads. Majority of content was basic.
More awareness/clear info to bring iPad along. Possibly sitting at a table would have been useful for when using iPads.
Just a little bit slower presentation at times. I'm very new to the iPad.
Notes - but assured that these will follow plus YouTube video to accompany - EXCELLENT - will help me teach colleagues what I experienced today.
Pre course work!

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 1
Course Info/Leaflet - SSC email: 5
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 6
SSC eBulletin: 3
Colleague: 3
SSC Website: 3
Other: 1 (Vision Support Service)
No Response: 2

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

Advanced level.
Literacy and numeracy for pupils with complex non-verbal autism inline with Es & Os in curriculum for excellence as it is hard to demonstrate how our curriculum matches to CfE.
More IT training.
Next 'level' of this course - explored briefly today.
Really interested in any courses looking at using different technologies to aid visually impaired pupils.
More IT work.