Sam sings with Skoog

Sal McKeown celebrates from the stalls as Skoog moves out to more music makers

One of the best bits of educational technology to come out of the special needs sector, Skoog, comes of age this year, moving out to a wider clientele with social media campaigns to Unleash your Inner Rockstar. This is a bit superfluous for me as I am well-known for having the voice of a frog and being tone deaf. However, I am just brilliant at being an appreciative audience. Everyone has their talents

Phonic Fairy still

The SEN village has gone but there is still plenty at BETT 2018 for SEN teachers, writes John Galloway

The Bett Show, the world’s largest edtech exhibition, is back at ExCeL in London's Docklands next week (January 24-27), and while it continues to attract criticism for becoming increasingly corporate there are still plenty of reasons for classroom teachers to visit.

Even specialists in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will have plenty to interest them, despite the lack of a SEN village and only four seminars that are tagged as of interest.

TES SEN Show 2016

John Galloway welcomes the new at London's key SEN event 
It is always a pleasure to come across technology that genuinely offers something original. Often we find “new” means a more developed version of something we already appreciate.

So it was good to see Cosmo from Filisia Interfaces (see video below) making its debut at the recent TES SEN Show at Islington's Design Centre, one of the key fixtures in London's SEN and inclusion calendar.

Kit using Lyfta VR headset

Could VR have an impact on dyslexia? Tony Parkin on a research project seeking help from schools

Everyone who is a fan of the ‘Educating Yorkshire’ series on Channel 4 vividly remembers the episode "When Mushy found his voice". The powerful programme, which showed how the using simple technology helped a stammering Musharaf overcome his speaking difficulties, and do well enough in his oral to get the grade he needed, moves everyone who sees it.

Now there is a suggestion that use of VR (virtual reality) technology may be able to help some sufferers of dyslexia, and teachers are being asked to volunteer to be host schools for an exciting research project, starting NOW.

Cubetto robot

Computing is to be enjoyed rather than endured, writes John Galloway   

The principle of entitlement enshrined in the National Curriculum holds good for all pupils, regardless of ability, even those with more challenging and complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

However, making that entitlement a reality brings challenges for classroom teachers, especially for the new computing curriculum. And that's why teaching and assessing the computer science element of computing will be fully explored at the new Difficult to Teach? SEND and Computing event on Friday July 1 in Tower Hamlets, London (UPDATE: event now cancelled).