For Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals
Our popular training workshops are all about the benefits of apps and tablets for teaching children with learning disabilities.
Each workshop is individually tailored to your needs, with a mixture of demonstration and hands-on exploring, typically covering:
- Our apps and how to get the most out of them
- How to find other good educational apps
- Setting up iPads for children with special needs
- Connecting to speakers, whiteboards, switches, etc.
- Backups, recovery and sharing content
- Grants for iPads and peripherals
Whether you're an expert with technology, or hesitant you might break it, we can help you do more and do it more easily.
Each delegate will receive a workbook packed with pages of useful information, and a certificate of attendance.
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Feedback from Previous Workshops
Allowed me to feel confident in further exploring the apps we have and making full use of them. Excellent workshop.
Colin gave a wonderful presentation.
The apps you have shown me today will benefit so many of my children.
Julie, speech and language therapist
A really informative day.
So much useful stuff which will address issues my son has with paper-based learning. Very happy mum.
Who should Attend
Our workshops are suitable for parents, teachers, teaching assistants, pre-school staff, portage workers, speech and language therapists, and any other adults already using or interested in the benefits of our apps.
The workshops are led by Dr. Colin Dean, who has been using iPads and other tablets, and developing apps for them, since soon after they first appeared. He has many years of experience in teaching, training and research, and has spoken at conferences around the world.
Colin has a son with Down syndrome, whose development has been aided hugely by his iPad and our apps.
Usually we get requests for training from people who are using iPads, iPhones or iPods, but we can also cover Android devices. We encourage you to bring along your own device, if you have one.
What Will I Learn?
You want to get the most out of our apps and your mobile devices, so your children can learn effectively and enjoy doing so, and so you can save yourself time and headaches.
Our apps are really easy for children to use, and give you lots of control to configure and personalise them to suit each child as they progress. We can show you how to best use them, and the evidence for how they help children progress in so many ways.
To get the most out of a tablet or smartphone when working with children who have special needs, you need to adjust some of the device's settings. We can guide you through these.
Finding good apps is like looking for needles in haystacks, and we can point you in the right directions.
There are lots of options for backing up your personal data, but if you don't know how, and your device breaks or is lost or stolen, you could lose it all!
Where are Workshops Held?
We come to you. Currently, most of our workshops are in the UK, but please let us know if you are interested in us visiting you elsewhere in the world.
A workshop can be from 2 hours to all day, depending on your needs and availability, and we can run it at an evening or weekend if more convenient. The number of delegates can be anything between half a dozen and 30 or more.
To keep costs down, we usually ask you to provide a location (e.g. a classroom in your school or a room at your local Sure Start Children's Centre), with tables everybody can sit at comfortably, and ideally an overhead projector and screen, or an interactive whiteboard or large-screen HD TV.
How Much Will it Cost?
Our current all-inclusive prices for workshops held in the UK are:
£ 450 without overnight stop
£ 500 or £ 600 with stop *
* The lower price applies if you arrange and pay for dinner and overnight accommodation for our trainer.
These prices are subject to you providing projector and screen, and printing the delegate workbooks (which we will email to you in advance). We endeavour to avoid an overnight stop, but depending on distance and timing this may not be practicable.
For overseas prices, please contact us.
We will arrange to tailor your workshop to your needs, and our prices do not depend on how many people attend, so you can club together with other schools, nurseries or support groups to save money, and you may wish to charge delegates to cover your costs.
To talk about what we can do for you, please contact us. Let us have your phone number and availability if you'd like us to call you to discuss.
|Workshops and Events 2017||Date||Location||Booking|
|21 & Co||22 May 2017||Teddington||Details|
|Ukrainian Charitable Down Syndrome Organization||29-30 April 2017||Kyiv, Ukraine||Contact|
|Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group||6 Mar 2017||Huddersfield|
|West Coast Down's Syndrome Support Group||26 Jan 2017||Whitehaven|
|Catcote Academy||16 Jan 2017||Hartlepool|
|Workshops and Events 2016||Date||Location|
|North East Social Enterprise Festival||29 Oct 2016||Gateshead|
|Appcircus Hamburg||27 Oct 2016||Hamburg, Germany|
|Apps para todos||19 Oct 2016||Barcelona, Spain|
|Cumbria Down's Syndrome Conference||16 Oct 2016||Penrith|
|National Portage Association||30 Sep - 1 Oct 2016||Northampton|
|Disability North Exhibition||21 - 22 Sep 2016||Newcastle|
|Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group||10 May 2016||Huddersfield|
|Landskonferansen om Down syndrom||7-9 Apr 2016||Oslo, Norway|
|Luton Borough Council SEN Service||4 Mar 2016||Luton|
|North Tyneside Learning Trust||2 Feb 2016||Wallsend|
|Walworth School||17 Jan 2016||Newton Aycliffe|
|Workshops and Events 2015||Date||Location|
|Durham County Carers Support||2 Dec 2015||Pelton|
|Middlesbrough Information Day||23 Nov 2015||Middlesbrough|
|Making Changes Together||18-19 Nov 2015||Durham|
|Beacon Hill School||11 Nov 2015||Wallsend|
|Stockton United for Change||10 Nov 2015||Stockton|
|North East Social Enterprise Festival||28 Oct 2015||Newcastle|
|National Portage Association||2-3 Oct 2015||Northampton|
|Making Changes Together||17-18 Sep 2015||Durham|
|Downright Special||11 May 2015||Hull|
|Scope - Face 2 Face||22 Apr 2015||Coventry|
|Cragside C of E Primary School||21 Apr 2015||Cramlington|
|Grampian Branch of Down's Syndrome Scotland||28 Mar 2015||Aberdeen|
|York Down Syndrome Support Group||27 Feb 2015||York|
|Blyth Valley Children's Centres||26 Feb 2015||Blyth|
|Cerebra North East Parent and Carer Forum||5 Feb 2015||Gateshead|