Monthly Archives: July 2013

BBC – My Web My Way

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/

A huge list of accessibility guides from the BBC broken down into the following subject areas:

I can’t see very well
I am blind
I can’t hear very well
I find words difficult
I find a keyboard or mouse hard to use

Actual guides include the following include:

How to guides: Browse all guides

Change text and background colours

How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to make things easier to see.

Change your fonts

How to change the font settings in your operating system or web browser to make text easier to read.

Check your spelling and grammar

How to operate spell-checking software in commonly used programmes.

Content available in British Sign Language (BSL)

How to access signed content on BBC iPlayer and find it elsewhere on the web.

Content available with subtitles

Information about subtitles for online video, and how to turn on subtitles when viewing programmes on BBC iPlayer.

Magnify your screen

How to turn on your computer’s magnification features.

Make the mouse pointer easier to see

How to change the colour and size of the mouse pointer, or add trails to make it more visible.

Make your computer speak text aloud

How to turn on and customise your computer’s text-to-speech features.

Make your keyboard easier to use

How to change the settings so that the keyboard is more accessible or can be used on-screen.

Make your mouse easier to use

How to change the settings to slow your mouse down, make the mouse left-handed and enlarge the mouse pointer.

Make your text larger

How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to increase the text size, making it easier to see.

Overview: Alternatives to keyboard and mouse

An overview of ways to interact with your computer using different input devices such as switches and joysticks.

Overview: Dictionary and thesaurus software

How you can use dictionary and thesaurus software to help you spell better.

Overview: Screenreaders and talking browsers

An overview of third-party screenreaders and talking browsers.

Overview: See the letters on your keyboard better

Products that make the letters on your keyboard more visible.

Overview: Smart word prediction

An overview of software that helps you type less.

Overview: Symbol browsers

An overview of software that helps people with learning disabilities use the web.

Use voice recognition

How to set up and customise the speech-recognition feature on your operating system.

Use your keyboard to control the mouse

How to set up your computer so that you can use the numeric keypad in place of a mouse.

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Factsheets and useful links

Factsheets – I can’t hear very well

Further information on hearing impairment and computing.

Factsheets – I am blind

Further information on vision impairment and computing.

Factsheets – I find words difficult

Further information on dyslexia and computing, learning difficulties and computing, and voice recognition software.

Factsheets – I find a keyboard or mouse hard to use

Further information on keyboard and mouse alternatives, repetitive strain injury, communication aids and voice recognition software.

Factsheets – I can’t see very well

Further information on vision impairment and computing.

Useful links

Resources available on the internet that give more information related to accessibility, disability and technology.

 

 

The ACE Centre – software downloads

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The ACE Centre are experts in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT). There is free software available on their site to assist with numeracy, communication, switch access to windows, and visual and perceptual difficulties. Visit: . Details of the downloads follow below:

Splash!

This is the latest software developed as a co-operative venture between The ACE Centre and Splash City.  It combines and expands many of the ideas embeded in AccessMAths and Number Navigator.

For more details on Splash please visit splash-city.com

Talk Together

Talk Together is a unique new way for a child and their communication partner to work together. This innovative vocabulary package encourages your involvement in modelling and supporting a developing vocabulary.

More about Talk Together

Large Pointers 1.0

Over 80 additional pointers and cursors for those with visual or perceptual difficulties.

More about Large Pointers 1.0

SAW

Control virtually any Windows software with one or two switches, trackerball and headpointer using the free SAW (Switch Access to Windows) utility.

More about SAW

BBC CBeebies – Switch and Special Needs games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/theme/switch/page/1

A set of games aimed specifically at children with SEN, some of which are switch compatible.

These include:

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Baby Signs
  • Blockabilla
  • Chit Chat Chest Switch Version
  • Movie Time Adventure
  • Mr Tumble in the Jungle
  • Mr Tumble’s Star Game
  • On the Road with Katy
  • Painting Game
  • Peek-a-boo Game Switch Version
  • Photo Match Game
  • Sesame Tree – Leaf Litter
  • Something Special Out and About
  • Something Special Tumble Tapp Snap
  • Something Special Tumble Tapp Snap
  • Space Pirate games
  • Star-tastic Captain Jake
  • Transport Snap
  • What’s That Noise?

Priory Woods School – Free Learning Games

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A set of free games created to support the general curriculum for children with learning difficulties.

http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page_viewer.asp?page=Free+Program+Resources&pid=161

These programs were designed by Ian Bean to support many areas of the curriculum. They can be used with a range of assistive input devices including switches (emulating the spacebar or left mouse button); touch-screens and pointing devices. Our counting songs also accept input from keyboards including Intellikeys and Concept. All work brilliantly on an interactive whiteboard such as those produced by Smart, Prometheanor Plasma Screens.

Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum

http://www.microsoft.com/About/CorporateCitizenship/Citizenship/giving/programs/UP/digitalliteracy/eng/default.mspx

The goal of Microsoft Digital Literacy is to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. Whether you are entirely new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. From using the Internet to sending e-mail or creating a résumé, the Digital Literacy Curriculum helps you develop the essential skills you need to begin computing with confidence.

Getting Started

Access the Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

Register and access the curriculum

GCF Learn Free (Goodwill Community Foundation International)

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http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computers

Free courses available include:

Computer Basics
Internet Basics
Email Basics
Social Media
Mouse Tutorial
Google
Google Drive and Docs
Apple
iPad Basics
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Microsoft
Windows 8
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Access
Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks
Information Savvy

Free-Ed.net (The Free Education Network)

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A website with a list of courses on many different subjects. One of the subheadings is ‘College of Computer Science and Information Technology’.

http://www.free-ed.net/free-ed/

Benefits include:

  • No cost
  • No sign-ups necessary
  • Self-paced
  • Choose where you begin and when you end
  • Set your own standards of achievement
  • Explore college majors
  • Transform virtual-world experiences into real-world career assets
  • Build your career portfolio

ECDL European Computer Driving License (BCS)

ECDL is an approved European qualification in computing. This includes:

  • ECDL for learners
  • ECDL for schools
  • ECDL for training providers and FE/HE
  • Approved training materials
  • Digital Creator
  • e-type
  • ITQ – The flexible IT qualification
  • IT Application Specialist apprenticeship
  • e-safetyDigital Skills
  • Computer and Online Basics

“The world’s number one IT user qualification. ECDL is the benchmark for digital literacy in educational systems around the globe. ECDL equips students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge and motivating further learning. Tried, tested and trusted, ECDL programmes have been delivered to over 11 million people, in 41 languages across 148 countries. Over 2 million people have taken ECDL in the UK since 1997.

http://www.bcs.org/category/14424

ViPi StaySafe Game

Stay Safe screenshot

Stay Safe screenshot

Stay Safe is a game designed to highlight safety issues regarding email. It covers such topics as dangerous attachments, spoofing, scams, and chain email. The game situation involves a user checking his emails and going through the received mail with an experienced computer user stood behind them. The user must make decisions (based on multiple choice questions) with each email. When wrong choices are made, the helper character will interject with advice about the way to proceed.

All on-screen content (displayed as textures on the 3D monitor model) is replicated in on screen question text which can be read by the built in screen reader.
The editor package built into the game allows a trainer to edit the content of the text fields and save the xml back out, so the games can be changed to suit different materials. If a trainer wishes to create new screen grabs to upload to the screen this is also possible as the files are called from an external image folder.
The game is available in the four project languages of Greek English, Lithuanian and Dutch.

Stay Safe is installed using the downloaded installer package (download here). The installer places a shortcut on the desktop and in the Interactive Systems NTU folder on the Start Menu. On starting the game the initial screen contains buttons to start the game, enter the options screen, or exit the application.

Stay Safe has been developed using a game engine developed in house at the Interactive Systems Research Group at Nottingham Trent University. The game uses XNA for the graphics and is coded in C# calling game data from a set of editable XML files.

This game was developed as part of the ViPi project. The ViPi KA3 LLL project (511792-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT. This web site reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Fly Swat Game

Fly Swat game screenshot

Fly Swat game screenshot

The Game
Swat the flies using mouse, keyboard – or your assistive technology! Swat as many flies as you can in one minute.
Justification
Fly swat has been developed to meet the needs of people with both physical and learning disabilities. It provides a means to develop and assess skills relating to awareness of ICT, understanding the concept of cause and effect within ICT, and provides also a means of practicing skills with input technologies (mouse and keyboard, and other assistive devices which may be used), and improving timing and co-ordination with the ICT technology.
Technology
The game is developed in JavaScript and HTML5 running in a web browser. It is available to play online at http://software.isrg.org.uk/vipi/flyswat/FlySwatIndex.html .
Concept
Fly swat is a game based around the principle of watching and swatting a fly. The fly has several modes of movement to map to tracking modes that are required by the pre-GCSE level guidelines, including horizontal, vertical, following an expected route, and random. The swat also has several movement modes. It can be stationary, auto track the fly in one axis (to allow one key/one click gameplay) or be moved left and right by either following the mouse or by key presses.  These are described as either ‘user control’ or ‘one’ touch’ mode. In ‘user control’ mode the swat is moved manually by mouse or keyboard. In ‘one-touch’ mode the swat either moves automatically or is fixed and the gameplay is about timing of swatting the fly at the right moment.

Swat activation is by either mouse click or keypress.  These inputs can also be mapped with external software to allow gameplay using assistive technologies such as switches, eye-tracking or brain control interfaces.

The game is visually stimulating and also contains audio (which may be muted). It records the high score during a session to provide additional stimulation to play more. The object of the game is to swat as many flies as possible in the 60 seconds  available. At the end of the game the user sees their score and the highest score obtained during the current session (as in Figure 61).

A target can be shown to give the user a better indication of where the swat will fall (see Figure 60).

Controls – these can be selected as with the keyboard shortcuts listed below, or using the on screen buttons as mentioned next to every keyboard control:

  • Move Left: Left arrow – Move mouse left over game canvas
  • Move Right: Right arrow – Move mouse right over game canvas
  • Swat: Space bar – Left click over game canvas
  • Fly Movement Mode: ‘M’ key – Left click the button to switch between fly movement modes – of horizontal, vertical, predictable or random
  • Sound on/off: ‘N’ key – Left click on sound on/off button during gameplay or on the title screen
  • Show/hide Target: ‘T’ key – Click on target button during gameplay or at the title screen
  • Fly Speed: ‘S’ key – Click on fly speed button to change fly speed between slow, medium and fast
  • One Touch Mode: ‘O’ key – Click on one touch mode button to switch between manual and automatic swat movement (only available in random fly movement mode)
  • Help: ‘H’ key – Click on question mark. Available on the start screen this displays the instructions
  • Restart game at end: Space bar – Left click over game canvas

This game was developed as part of the ViPi project. The ViPi KA3 LLL project (511792-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT. This web site reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The Yes No ICT Quiz Game

The Yes No ICT Quiz Game screenshot

The Yes No ICT Quiz Game screenshot

This set of games asks true/false questions about a set of ICT subject areas.

The materials provided cover aspects of Basic ICT Skills in English. The content has been adjusted to suit use with people with learning difficulty. Navigation can always be achieved through use of the keyboard (arrow keys to move and space to select) or by use of the mouse.

Feedback is given after each question, after each round, and at the end of the quiz. The final screen allows the user to save all feedback in the form of a pdf file.

There are five individual quizzes available that cover the subjects one at a time. This is so that the game can be used after covering a particular subject area. The subjects covered are as follows – click on the links to play the online version:

There is a downloadable version available here.

This game was developed as part of the ViPi project. The ViPi KA3 LLL project (511792-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT. This web site reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

True False ICT Quiz Game

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True False ICT Quiz Game screenshot

True False ICT Quiz Game screenshot

This game asks true/false questions about a set of ICT subject areas.

The materials provided cover aspects of Basic ICT Skills in English, Greek, Dutch and Lithuanian. Navigation can always be achieved through use of the keyboard (arrow keys to move and space to select) or by use of the mouse.

Feedback is given after each question, after each round, and at the end of the quiz. The final screen allows the user to save all feedback in the form of a pdf file.

The rounds follow on one after the other, and the subjects covered are:

  • Using your computer
  • Using the internet
  • Using email
  • Staying safe

Play the game for your language using the link below:

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This game was developed as part of the ViPi project. The ViPi KA3 LLL project (511792-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT. This web site reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Rob the Mob – ICT quiz game

Rob the Mob screenshot

Rob the Mob screenshot

This game allows the user to play a card style multiple choice quiz betting game where they must  answer questions to win the gangster’s money. The topic can be selected from a list by the player so that they can work on a specific subject area. Navigation can always be achieved through use of the keyboard or by use of the mouse.  Feedback is given after any wrong answers to educate whilst playing!

Play the game online here.

The materials provided cover aspects of Basic ICT Skills in English, Greek, Dutch and Lithuanian.

The offline version of the game (download it here) is also editable, so trainers can easily add their own question content for their specific set of trainees, content is added in the form of xml files which may be created with the help of the Escapology and Rob the Mob game editor. It comes as a packaged zip file with the editor and also the Escapology game. Please unzip the files into a folder of your choice to play the offline games.

It was developed as part of the ViPi project. The ViPi KA3 LLL project (511792-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT. This web site reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Escapology ICT Game

Escapology ICT Game screenshot

Escapology ICT Game screenshot

This Flash game allows the user to play a hangman style game where they must guess words relating to a certain topic. The topic and sub-topic can be selected by the user so that they can work on a specific subject area. Navigation can always be achieved through use of the keyboard or by use of the mouse.  Feedback is given after each question, and every question word has an associated clue that hints at the answer to the hangman game.

Play the game online here.

The materials provided cover aspects of Basic ICT Skills in English, Greek, Dutch and Lithuanian.

The offline version of the game (download it here) is also editable, so trainers can easily add their own question content for their specific set of trainees, content is added in the form of xml files which may be created with the help of the Escapology and Rob the Mob game editor. It comes a a packaged zip file with the editor and also the Rob the Mob game. Please unzip the files into a folder of your choice to play the offline games.

This game was developed as part of the ViPi project. The ViPi KA3 LLL project (511792-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT. This web site reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

BBC WebWise – Courses

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses

Contains material on the following:
The WebWise Online Course
Learn about the internet, mobile devices, email and staying safe online and keep track of your progress each time you come back
Internet Basics
What the internet is, how it can be used, how to search, how to register with a website, how to email and how to buy something online
Computer Basics
How to use the mouse and keyboard, printing, what are windows and icons and how to manage digital photos and music
Social Media Basics
Set up an online profile, update your status, share photos with family and friends and organise events safely and securely.