CENMAC’s Thursday Thirty

Summer term 2024 online training & information sessions

Thursday Thirty free live online training & information sessions are running throughout the  Summer 2024 Term.

Join us at 15.30 to 16.00 (GMT) on Thursday afternoons to find out how a wide range of assistive technologies are used to support learning and communication in special educational settings.

Who should attend? Our training sessions are suitable for teachers, SENCOs, school SEND teams, TAs, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and parents and carers supporting children and young people using assistive technology to access the curriculum and/or to communicate.

Training joining details
We will email you the Microsoft Teams joining details a couple of days before the training session so keep an eye out in your email inbox. Please check your spam or junk mail folder and contact Annabel at newsandevents@cenmac.com if you do not have the joining details one day before the event.

CENMAC's Thursday Thirty Live online training & information sessions

Take a look at the programme below and register to attend the sessions of interest to you.

CENMAC's Thursday Thirty Session: What's new in Widgit Online? Date: Thursday 18th April 2024 Time: 15.30 to 16.00 (BST)

CENMAC’s Thursday Thirty – What’s new in Widgit Online?

Thursday 18th April 2024, 15:30 – 16.00 (BST)

Making your own symbolised resources has never been easier in Widgit Online but now you can also edit, adapt and amend our ready-made resources.

This session will introduce the Autism Support, Classroom and Early Years Packs as well as demonstrate how to create your own personalised resources.

Join Sue White, Head of Education at Widgit for this online session.

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Session joining details

We will email you the Microsoft Teams joining details a couple of days before the training session so keep an eye out in your email inbox. Please check your spam or junk mail folder and contact Annabel at newsandevents@cenmac.com if you do not have the joining details one day before the event.

CENMAC's Thursday Thirty Session: Using Arts and Crafts and Scribeasy to support SEND students Date: Thursday 25th April Time: 15.30 to 16.00 (BST)

CENMAC’s Thursday Thirty – Using Arts and Crafts and Scribeasy to support SEND students

Thursday 25th April 2024, 15:30 – 16.00 (BST)

Scribeasy is a platform where children and young people can imagine, be creative, and express themselves through art, pictures, and words.

Join this session to learn how to use AI to help teachers create lesson plans and AI to help learners plan ideas, edit and build vocabulary and confidence.
Scribeasy.com

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Session joining details

We will email you the Microsoft Teams joining details a couple of days before the training session so keep an eye out in your email inbox. Please check your spam or junk mail folder and contact Annabel at newsandevents@cenmac.com if you do not have the joining details one day before the event.

Using KiwiWrite to write maths digitally, to support SEND students

CENMAC’s Thursday Thirty – Using KiwiWrite Math to write maths digitally, to support SEND students with handwriting challenges

Thursday 2nd May 2024, 15:30 – 16.00 (BST)

For SEND students with challenges relating to handwriting, it can difficult to find effective methods of support for maths. KiwiWrite Math provides an easy to use online alternate to handwriting maths for regular classroom assignments. KiwiWrite supports all ages, from grid-aligned vertical arithmetic through early calculus.

In this session we will give demonstrate how to write maths digitally with KiwiWrite Math, including how to import maths worksheets to place maths right on top. We will also discuss the characteristics of students who might be best served by KiwiWrite’s features and look.

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Session joining details

We will email you the Microsoft Teams joining details a couple of days before the training session so keep an eye out in your email inbox. Please check your spam or junk mail folder and contact Annabel at newsandevents@cenmac.com if you do not have the joining details one day before the event.

Nessy Learning Overview
Nessy Lesson

CENMAC’s Thursday Thirty – Nessy Learning Overview

Thursday 9th May 2024, 15:30 – 16.00 (BST)

This session will give an overview of Nessy programs, the theory behind them, and how the programs can support both students and teachers.

At Nessy we are best known as advocates for children with dyslexia around the globe. But the Nessy programs are not only for dyslexia. Nessy is widely used for whole class, phonics, maths, typing and early reading instruction. Nessy collaborates with some of the world’s leading academics, and follows the Science of Reading, to ensure our programs are based upon proven research. Our goal is to provide effective learning to all children, at an affordable cost.

Training joining details

We will email you the Microsoft Teams joining details a couple of days before the training session so keep an eye out in your email inbox. Please check your spam or junk mail folder and contact Annabel at newsandevents@cenmac.com if you do not have the joining details one day before the event.

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CENMAC's Thursday Thirty Session: Introducing Jimple - Communication made simple Date: Thursday 16 May 2024 Time: 8.00am to 8.30am (BST)
Jimple Communication made simple 1. Person Speaks 2. One Touch Contextual Response 3. Adaptive Keyboard 4. Accessible

CENMAC’s Thursday Thirty – Introducing Jimple – Communication made simple

Thursday 16th May 2024, 8:00am – 8.30am (BST)

Join Jimple’s Co-founder/CEO Luke Feldman for an insightful session as we delve into the world of Jimple (https://jimple.io), a revolutionary new communication solution set to redefine our interaction landscape. During this session, we will explore the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in AAC and how it can improve communication and provide a more inclusive experience for users, parents/carers and medical professionals.

Who Should Attend: This session caters to educators, SENCOs, school SEND teams, teaching assistants (TAs), Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, as well as parents and caregivers supporting children and young individuals utilising assistive technology for expression.

Session joining details
Please note that this Thursday Thirty session is taking place at 8.00am to 8.30am (BST), due to the time difference between the UK and Australia where Luke Feldman is based. The session will be recorded for those who cannot make it live.

We will email you the Microsoft Teams joining details a couple of days before the training session so keep an eye out in your email inbox. Please check your spam or junk mail folder and contact Annabel at newsandevents@cenmac.com if you do not have the joining details one day before the event.

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CENMAC's Thursday Thirty Session: Help SEN children automate the basic skills in writing and maths Date: Thursday 4 July 2024 Time: 15.30 to 16.00 (BST)
Grafari and Calcularis by Constructor

CENMAC’s Thursday Thirty – Introducing Jimple – Communication made simple

Thursday 4 July 2024, 15.30 – 16.00 (BST)

Constructor for Schools, formerly Dybuster, dates back to 2007. A professor of the ETH in Zurich had a son with writing difficulties. He teamed up with his master student to develop a program that uses multisensory clues to support learners with dyslexia: Grafari (Orthograph) – for the automation of the spelling of the 8000 most common words.

In 2011 Grafari was complemented by Calcularis – for the internalisation of the basic mathematical operations up to 1000 with a special focus on children with dyscalculia. The philosophy of our programs is to “create pedagogical value through digital means, add value where pen and paper can’t”, that is using shapes, colours, and tones in addition to the written words and numbers.

Join Jan Buschmann, Advisor – Constructor for Schools, who will explain how these multi-sensory clues stimulate the brain in learners with learning difficulties and why more than 600 schools use our programs in Switzerland alone. Jan will show what pedagogical considerations have made them an easy-to-use tool for both learners and teachers over the 15 years.

Both programs are in English and Orthograph has the English Standard course for the 8000 most common words of the English language.

Joining Details

We will email you the Microsoft Teams joining details a couple of days before the training session so keep an eye out in your email inbox. Please check your spam or junk mail folder and contact Annabel at newsandevents@cenmac.com if you do not have the joining details one day before the event.

> Reserve your spot

If you have any changes in school and need training to implement the students’ assistive technology please do get in contact with your advisory teacher or mail@cenmac.com.

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