Windows 8 – Special Educational Need focus

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Top Tips for using Windows 8 with students with Special Educational Needs

  1. Accessibility – Voice recognition, theme changing, font and icon sizes- http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows8/  
    1. Narrator
    2. Touch enabled buttons and the magnifier
    3. Ease of access settings (high contrast, larger screen,
    4. Speech Recognition http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/using-speech-recognition/  
  2. Volume control – Very important as some students may accidentally turn up the volume.  This can be controlled within your sound settings and limited with software if needed. 
  3. Brightness control
  4. Cleaning – If devices are to be shared it is important that they are cleaned and suitable chemicals and materials are available.  
  5. Peripherals – Headphones, external keyboards, Bluetooth devices. 
  6. Assistive devices – Find an more about assistive technology here http://www.microsoft.com/enable/at/matvplist.aspx
  7. Setting boundaries with students usage and maximising impact in a blended approach
  8. House Keeping – mobile devices will get full of apps and software. Remember to keep the menus as clean as possible.  This is much easier…

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