About Greg O'Connor

Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of people with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant and regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, Australia. Greg’s areas of interest and expertise include supporting people with complex needs, challenging behaviours and autism, and literacy support technologies for people with diverse learning needs. He is passionately committed to the use of inclusive and instructional technologies to support the learning of ALL students in school and post school settings. Greg presents at national and international conferences, provides training and consultancy across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, is currently a committee member of NSW Australian Association of Special Education, and is the Professional and Consultancy Services Manager at Spectronics.

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LSA iPad Workshop Handout

LSA iPad Workshop Handout

IPAD BASICS If you want to know more about iPad Basics then watching the 101 webinar is highly recommended: iPad Basics 101 (iOS6) and iPads Basics 101 (iOS7). Top iPad Tips Accessibility information via the Spectronics Blog: Accessibility Features Assistive Touch Guided access Restrictions Multi-tasking gestures Accessories Additional accessories such as durable cases, speakers, mounts, switch interfaces, keyguards …

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ILT2014 Keynote Resources: Try Another Way. Like it is a Bad Thing?

ILT2014 Keynote Resources: Try Another Way. Like it is a Bad Thing?

Introduction Marc Gold http://mn.gov/mnddc/extra/marc-gold1.html http://www.marcgold.com/ Marc Prensky (2012) Literacy in the Digital AgeBrain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom http://marcprensky.com/brain-gain-technology-and-the-quest-for-digital-wisdom/ Learning Without Frontiers YouTube Channel: Mitch Resnick – Learning from Scratch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDPssJedOJ4 Keri Facer – Learning Futures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_EcMTRKt8k Ray Kurzweil – Exponential Learning & Entrepreneurship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUBw5e-zPXw Gartner Hype Cycle http://www.gartner.com/technology/core/products/research/topics/emergingTrendsTechnologies.jsp 2014 NMC Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition 2013 NMC Horizon Report – K-12 Edition …

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Connecting with others via video conferencing: Google Hangouts and the alternatives

Connecting with others via video conferencing: Google Hangouts and the alternatives

Jason Carroll’s recent blog post Upgrade Your Next Meeting With Google Hangouts gave an overview of this increasingly popular video conferencing tool. He tells you how to get started and how to start using the instant messaging/video conferencing/screen sharing features. To quote Jason, Google Hangouts “has the potential to replace many of the face-to-face meetings individuals are accustomed to”! Towards the …

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Using iPads to Support Students Struggling with the Literacy Requirements of Schools

Using iPads to Support Students Struggling with the Literacy Requirements of Schools

Presentation Handout Greg O’Connor – email: grego@spectronics.com.au Twitter: @gregoconnor Greg’s Literacy Support Apps YouTube Playlist Literacy Support Apps Presentation Resources Reading and access to learning content The presentation explored the built in accessibility features and other settings that provide accommodations for students to access text. As well, a range of additional reading support apps were demonstrated and highlighted. Of course, content can be …

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iPad MasterClass Handout: Supporting Students Struggling with Literacy

iPad MasterClass Handout: Supporting Students Struggling with Literacy

Workshop Resources Webpage bit.ly/ipadsforolderstudents Greg’s Literacy Support Apps YouTube Playlist Literacy Support Apps Session Resources Reading and access to learning content During this session we explored the built in accessibility features and other settings that provide accommodations for students to access text. As well, a range of additional reading support apps was demonstrated and highlighted. Of course, content …

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Literacy Support in a Remote Outback School

Literacy Support in a Remote Outback School

  I recently spent a week in a small school in a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory of Australia. By remote I mean it took a four hour plane trip, followed by a four hour bus trip and then another 5 hours in a four wheel drive vehicle across the beautiful landscape of the outback to …

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Integrating iPads Into Your classroom: For learning Support and Special Education

Integrating iPads Into Your classroom: For learning Support and Special Education

Customising the iPad to accommodate the needs of diverse learners For students with diverse learning needs including students with special education needs, students with learning and literacy difficulties and students for whom English is not their first language technology can play a key role in removing barriers, differentiating instruction and providing tools to accommodate their learning needs and …

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Greg O’Connor

Greg O’Connor

Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of people with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant and regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, Australia. Greg’s areas of interest and expertise include supporting people with complex …

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What do I do when Guided Access freezes on my iPad?

What do I do when Guided Access freezes on my iPad?

We have all appreciated the great range of options now available to support learners using an iPad via the new Guided Access feature in iOS 6. Amanda Hartmann, a member of our consultancy team here at Spectronics, has recently posted about these features. Find out more by clicking here However, we have discovered this feature can freeze at …

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