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Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Approaches to Supporting Learners with SEND in Computing

Explore ways to make your computing lessons more inclusive for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.

Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Approaches to Supporting Learners with SEND in Computing

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Discover computing activities to support and engage students with SEND

As educators, we should aim to provide every young person with the skills and knowledge to become active participants in a digital world.

On this course, you will examine the common barriers faced by students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the computing classroom, and how to address these barriers.

You will explore a number of general approaches and specific computing activities that will help to include and engage learners.

This course will support teachers who want to create a more inclusive computing classroom for all of their students.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 secondsAre you a teacher that wants to include as many young people as possible in the learning that happens in your classroom? How can you create lessons that are inclusive by design? There are currently over a million pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, or SEND, in English schools. This free course will explore some effective approaches to teaching computing to learners with SEND. And you'll learn about a range of activities and resources that will ensure all students are included in your lessons. You'll examine how to create accessible materials, how multimedia can help learners retain information better, and explore the accessibility tools built into mainstream technology.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsThis two-week course also contains peer-led discussions, trainer interaction, and feedback on your knowledge as you progress. You can learn whenever and wherever you want. So whether you're a teacher with students of your own or simply curious about inclusion in the classroom, this course will help you to ensure you're completing lessons are engaging and accessible for all of your students. Sign up now rpf.io/inclusion.

What topics will you cover?

  • An outline of the four broad areas of need, and of the common barriers faced by learners with SEND
  • General classroom approaches to include learners with SEND and reduce cognitive load in activities
  • Advice on how to create more accessible teaching resources
  • Specific approaches to support learners with SEND in programming tasks
  • An overview of how to make programming environments more accessible
  • The benefits of sensory outputs and using physical computing devices

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Reflect on the common barriers faced by learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the computing classroom
  • Develop a toolkit of general teaching approaches to make lessons more inclusive for learners with SEND
  • Identify ways to adapt and improve teaching materials to make them more accessible
  • Develop effective approaches to teach programming to learners with SEND
  • Identify accessible programming environments and physical computing devices that can be used to make lessons more inclusive for learners with SEND
  • Model best practice by creating an inclusive computing lesson plan and materials

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers of computing in primary and secondary school settings.

It will also be useful for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and teaching assistants in schools to learn about specific computing approaches to support the young people they work with.

If you are a teacher working with students with severe special educational needs or disabilities, you will gain some useful insights during this course, however, you may need to consider more specific adaptations than those described here.

Who developed the course?

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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