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Special Education Access to Knowledge (SPEAK) (SIP029)
This project aimed to make existing and new technologies (videoconferencing, email and the Internet) child-centred and meaningful for children with special needs.
18 months
Lead Organisation
Scoil an Chroí Ró Naofa, Co. Cork
Project Aims
  • To have pupils in special classes assessed by experts with existing equipment adapted or new equipment provided to maximise their use of technology.
  • To involve teachers in specialised training in the areas of videoconferencing, website development, etc.
  • To establish links between participating schools through the Internet and videoconferencing.
  • To develop curriculum initiatives that can be delivered via the new technologies.
Indicative Outcomes
  • Identification of appropriate uses of technology to maximise the benefit to the special needs population.
  • Identification, development and evaluation of suitable curriculum initiatives that are suited to dissemination by email, videoconferencing and the Web.
  • Delivery of specialised training to teachers which can act as a resource for wider implementation of the initiative in the future.
  • Assessment of the role of technology as a tool in combating isolation, and in enhancing communication between special needs children.
Participating Schools
St Mary's Senior National School, Co. Cork
Lámh sa Lámh Class, Co. Cork
Knockskeagh National School, Co. Cork
Convent of Mercy National School, Co. Cork
St Goban's College, Co. Cork
Beara Community School, Co. Cork
Further Information

SIP is an initiative of the National Centre for Technology in Education
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