"Switch' is the name of the technology which makes access to computers easier for children who have difficulty using a mouse  or keyboard  

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Mouse House make a switch 

 

  

FOR BEGINNERS:

Reading

 1. Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches.

2. Pete's Power Point Station:  Free Presentations, Interactive books in PowerPoint 

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3. Bookflix- over 200 books that read aloud available free LearnAlberta.ca K-3. Ask your school for the login


BGRSLOGOsmall.jpg4. Request a textbook click to see the list of French textbooks, English textbooks  or copyright protected novels with this  BGRD online digital text request form students with perceptual disability  


Learning Games

senswitcher_promo_image_981a6bb0442c22bb8a0db2e14cdf1319.jpg1. SEN Switch: designed as a progressive teaching and assessment tool and is accompanied by an 18 page set of teachers notes together with assessment records, developmental skills progression models and small step checklists


2. Prioty Woods Switch videos are simple slideshows animations set to music stop after a few seconds and getting the student to press their mouse or switch to continue

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3. Marble drop:  marble drop (cause and effect) 


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4. CBeebies has a range of switch games

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5.  Shiny Learning has nine free online or downloadable switch activities


space_header.png6. Specialbites had switch games play online or to download for use on computers and
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7. Sports related 6 free switch games and 13 Classroom suite switch activities 

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8. Papunet Website offering free games, activities that can be accessed by mouse or switch. Simple learning activities such as word exercises, puzzles, memory games, drawing, etc.

9. Rudolph games   (cause and effect)
10. Fly Swatter Press the Space Bar, Enter or the Left Mouse Button to swat or stun the fly.
11. Fireworks - Make the fireworks burst in this game
12. Scott Mckay has 6 free switch compatible games as well as classroom suite activities
 

HKL.jpg13. Collection of free with email register for online learning  geared toward young children split into 5 sections: Early Years, Games and Quizzes, Stories and Songs, Creative Play, Find Out About. note: For full access a there is a fee.

 

INTERMEDIATE to CHALLENGING:

Games

1. Switch Games an index free switch games
2. Space Out: fast switch game space ship, hold and release to move the space ship
3.  Harry Potter Quidditch Chaser Tryouts - Aim the Quidditch Chaser but the scan navigational target
4. Universally Accessible-Chess: choice of single or mutli-switch challenging game. Other Universally accessible games avalible to play by download here

Smartboard:
Try using the transparent background tool in Notebook with a scan select software program like Boardmaker plus. See "how to video" here along with many more ideas.

 

 
Other Freeware software aiding physical access:  
 
1.  Web Cam educational and rehabilitative games that take advantage of the webcam to maximise accessibility. Download required but no installation. Can save to program to a USB stick to keep it portable. Make sure extract file in folder it create when save. Then click on the program to load it.
 
2. Camera Mouse : Free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head. The main audience for this program is people who do not have reliable control of a hand but who can move their head.
 
3. SteadyMouse is free software with anti-tremor mouse filtering, removal of accidental mouse clicks, Assistive "Icon Targeting" system , Quick enable/disable using the scroll lock key
 
4. Point-n-Click: on-screen virtual mouse designed for anyone with a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to click a physical computer mouse
 
5. Click-n-Type: is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed for anyone with a disability that prevents him or her from typing on a physical computer keyboard.
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