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Assistive Technology for Specific Learning Differences

Target Group

Primary/Post Primary Teachers and SNA’s


With the increased number of students diagnosed with specific learning differences and the wide variety of assistive technologies recommended to them, there is a clear gap in the technologies recommended for students and the skills required to train the students in these technologies. This continuous professional development course will help educators gain a core understanding of how these assistive technologies work in order to maximise their students’ academic potential.

Course Contents

The course will incorporate presentations and hands-on practice where participants will have the opportunity to undertake practical training in the core technologies. The course will cover the following primary areas:

·         Narration Technologies.

·         Note-taking Technologies.

·         Dictation Technologies.

·         Mind mapping Technologies.

Learning Outcome

Following the successful completion of this course, participants will have broadened their knowledge of assistive technologies which should enable them to identify suitable technology interventions for students with specific learning differences. This course will also be of benefit to teachers in their work which can significantly reduce the time it takes in the composition of lesson plans, reports, research papers and theses.

Engineers Ireland CPD Accredidation

This course is fully accredited with Engineers Ireland. Established in 1835, it is one of the longest established professional bodies in Ireland and the UK. Upon successfully completing the course, participants will receive an Engineers Ireland accredited Certificate of Continuous Professional Development.

Participant Requirements

Participants can bring their Android or Apple tablet/phone but this is not a prerequisite.

About the Trainer

The course will be delivered by Mark Burleigh, who has over 10 years experience in teaching Assistive Technology to audiences from primary to third level education. He holds a single honours degree in Computer Science and a research master’s degree in Computer Science from University College Cork. He undertakes research in the area of assistive technology in higher education and has published papers in the field. He is also an Oracle Certified Associate in Java and has a passion for teaching technology to all levels.

This course will take place in Galway Education Centre on Saturday 14 March from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm at a cost of €160.00 per person.  Click here to book.

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