The innovative nature of this resource stems from its flexibility; it can be used in so many ways and in particular to support children with special needs.
It can be used as a visual timetable with audio functionality; the audio option will assist children with visual impairment and also help with recognition.
It can also be used as a simple audio bar for children with speech difficulties. Using the 6 different channels to record common phrases it can assist them throughout the day.
- Create talking stories - place images that correlate to parts of the story in each of the slots and record the section of the story on each button.
- Classroom timetables - have images and appropriate recordings for the times and subjects of lessons throughout the day.
- Questions and answer games - place questions under each section and record the answer.
- Phonics games - ask children to match the audio to the images.
NASEN is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.
The judges deliberated long and hard about the eventual winner but the decision was unanimous in choosing the TTS Recordable Bar/Story Sequencer. Given its simplicity and usability, it is sure to find a home in many mainstream and special school classrooms. It can be used for a range of applications beyond story writing and is amazing value at the price. For schools looking to take advantage of the power of the spoken work this is the ideal tool to incorporate children's recordings into lesson activities in a straightforward manner.