ChooseIt! Maker 3 - BETT and CODiE Award Winner 2014
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"Inclusive a popular choice for BETT SEN award"
Sal McKeown
Sal McKeown
Inclusive a popular choice for BETT SEN award

It was no surprise at all when Inclusive Technology's ChooseIt! Maker 3 won the BETT Award last week in the ICT Special Educational Needs Solutions category. ChooseIt! Maker 3 is a perfect way for teachers to make personalised resources that will work not just with a touch tablet but also with a mouse, as well as single and double switches. It is also the first easy-to-edit program for creating 'eye gaze' activities so if you have a learner who cannot move their limbs , they can still show what they can do by using their eyes to control a computer.

When you work with children with severe and complex needs you never know what you will need. You might want to make some cause-and-effect activities to see if the children can respond; you might want to check how good their vision is and whether they recognise members of their family. Of course, you can't buy ready-made software with all the elements you want so you need a really good framework program that lets you make relevant and age-appropriate activities for everyone from early years to elderly people who are becoming increasingly frail. ChooseIt! Maker 3 is that rare product which is an affordable solution to a lot of different problems. It is a stunningly simple idea which works on so many levels. It can be used in nursery settings or for speech therapy activities. It has been used by Great Ormond Street hospital, religious communities and has subscribers from more than 5,000 SEN schools in 52 countries.

Creation of tablet resources from web materials now a possibility

If you have a student or user who loves watching The Great British Bake Off for example, you can take photographs from the web and turn them into simple choice-making activities or more complex games and quizzes. Even better, once you have made your resource, you can download it on to an iPad or Android tablet so they can take it home and share it with the family. Roger Bates, information director at Inclusive Technology, has campaigned for decades for accessible materials for learners with visual impairments so all the pictures have a black outline around the image and a black-and-white alternative on a clear background. There is symbol support - for both SymbolStix and Widgit symbol libraries - to help those who cannot read English or indeed read text in their own language.

The award is an excellent result for Inclusive Technology and helps to raise the company's profile still higher but it is also an important award for the special needs industry. In recent years special needs has often been confused with literacy, so products aimed at those struggling in mainstream classrooms have dominated award nominations. But giving access to technology to people of all ages with low-incidence disabilities is a very good thing to do. It is not a highly profitable market but it is one which makes an enormous difference to the quality of life for users and those who support them. Hopefully, the international recognition which comes with the BETT Awards will encourage other companies to follow in Inclusive Technology's footsteps and we will see more imaginative products available for a wider range of learners.
Ability Magazine
Ability Magazine
Inclusive Technology banks a BETT award

ChooseIt! Maker 3 Online - software that turns photographs, symbols, text and sounds into activities, games and quizzes - has won the BETT award for ICT Special Educational Needs Solutions.

Developed by Inclusive Technology as a 'HelpKidzLearn' resource, ChooseIT! Maker 3 is aimed at early years users and children with special educational needs, physical difficulties or learning difficulties.

Resources can be created online and accessed online using a mouse and keyboard, touch screens, interactive classroom displays, one or two switches or eye gaze technology.

They can also be downloaded to multiple iPad or Android tablets using the free ChooseIt! Maker 3 App to make an activity for a child or class.

"HelpKidzLearn is an excellent resource with a clear work flow. It offers excellent access options including eye gaze functionality and can be used for listening, attention, speech therapy and visual discrimination,"said the judges.

"One of its strongest features is its ability to be totally personalised to each child's specific needs. HelpKidzLearn is really good value for money."

Martin Littler, Chairman and CEO of Inclusive Technology said: "The interest in this product has been enormous. We now have an established global network of 5,000 SEN school subscribers in 52 countries.

"The next stage is to develop the learning analytics and in order to do that we are actively recruiting developers at the moment."

The other shortlisted companies in the BATT award category were:

Crick Software Ltd - Clicker Docs
Crick Software Ltd - Clicker Sentences
JellyJames Publishing Ltd - Dynamo Maths
Osborne Technologies Ltd - SensoryPod
Signs for Success Ltd - Word Rumble
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