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Assistive Technology with Tom Starkey – Universal Learning with Saj Mohammad #2

Universal Learning with Saj Mohammad

Universal Learning with Saj Mohammad: Assistive Technology with Tom Starkey (@TStarkey1212) 

Episode 2: In this edition of Universal Learning, I’m talking to Tom Starkey, an assistive technology adviser working in higher education.

Tom has had a varied career including working as a teacher in schools and pupil referral units or PRUs, as well as writing about teaching in a variety of publications, and consulting for educational technology companies.

As well as discussing assistive technology, we cover numerous topics including alternative provision, the benefits of family learning, maths and English resits in further education, and how our own schooling can affect our attitude towards education.

What lessons can we take from inclusive practice to open up learning to all?

For example, making things easy to read and using clear language helps dyslexic and autistic learners. But shouldn’t it be part of our normal routine when planning teaching, learning, and assessment?

In this podcast series “Universal Learning with Saj Mohammad“, I speak to professionals inside and outside education, as well as parents, carers, and learners themselves about their experiences of inclusion and what lessons we can all learn to make learning as universal as possible.

Music: Sinara by Blear Moon, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC). Sound FX: Soft Blip E Major by New Age Soup via Freesounds, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY).

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