Special needs teaching


How to work successfully with SEN tools


Caroline Jönsson

Name of school



Videdalsschool uses ICT for a variety of purposes and reasons as an integrated part of our students’ education. The examples below are organized under five different categories: Learning strategies and evaluation, intensive training language training, assistive technologies and other apps/homepages.


Description of project

  1. Learning strategies and evaluation – ICT provides our teachers with tools for evaluating lessons as well as getting feedback from students.
  2. Intensive training – our special needs teachers use ICT for students in need of intensive training.
  3. Language training – Our students learning Swedish as a second language use ICT as an integrated part of their education.
  4. Assistive technologies – students with dyslexia or language impairment use ICT as a natural resource in their studies.
  5. Other apps/homepages – apps and homepages are used on a daily basis in our education. Some examples:- Nomp – an app for math.- https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.orghttps://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/https://www.inlasningstjanst.se/


    Goals: What is wanted for the children or students to master given the students individual strengths and aptitudes.


    1. Learning strategies and evaluation – One goal is to enhance students’ wider understanding of their own learning processes. Another goal is to give our teachers tools enabling them to follow and analyse their students’ learning processes and detect areas in their education where the students are in need of more explanations and support.


    1. Intensive training – the goal is to increase students’ knowledge within a certain area/subject. Students who are offered intensive training are in need of boosting their knowledge within a specific field within for example maths.


    1. Language training – the goal is to increase our second language learners’ knowledge of the Swedish language.


    1. Assistive technologies – aims at giving students’ with dyslexia and language impairment the same prerequisites as their peers.


What are the instructional decisions, approaches, procedures or routines that teachers use to enhance learning.

1.Learning strategies and evaluation – To gain a greater knowledge about the students’ learning processes teachers use a variety of evaluation tools. Examples on evaluation tools used are:

– linoit.com – On line notice boards enabling students to post questions and thoughts   anonymously.

  • Google Classroom – enables teachers to hand out assignments and follow the student’s learning processes.
  • Kahoot – an appreciated tool by students enabling them to train certain facts and other knowledge in a competitive way anonymously.
  • Mentimeter – used for getting a picture of what key words students have gained or not gained knowledge about within a certain field.


  1. Intensive training – is implemented after a thorough analysis of a student’s knowledge or understanding of a certain area within a subject, for example number line in math. After the analysis a method is chosen aiming at boosting the student’s knowledge or/and understanding. All intensive training is undertaken for a limited period of time, most often app. 6 weeks. After the training the intensive training is assessed in order to evaluate if it had any effect on the student’s knowledge/understanding.
  • Vektor – is an app enhancing student’s basic understanding and skills in maths.
  • 10 fingrar – trains students’ ability to type automatically on the computer keyboard.
  1. Language training – Example on homepages and apps used to increasing students’ knowledge of Swedish as a second language.
  • Läskod – an app enhancing students’ learning of the Swedish language sounds emphasizing vowels and diphthongs.

http://modersmal.skolverket.se/sites/svenska/ – homepage with pictures linked to various languages and Swedish.

– Google translate

  1. Assistive technologies – most assistive technologies used are downloaded from Google app store. Examples on apps are:
  2. – Into Words
  3. – Mercury Reader
  4. – SpellRight –
  5. – Stava Rex
  6. – Legimus


What are the tools used to present learning content and the tools the learner uses to demonstrate knowledge.

Many of our students have their own Chromebooks. For those students that don’t have access to a personal Chromebook there are computers to borrow during lessons. iPads are also available during lessons. Some students with special needs have a personal iPad in agreement with the special needs teacher.














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