Complex Needs Technology Project
We were very pleased to have supported the Complex Needs Technology Project in 2015-2016. The purpose of the project was to assist BC school districts in building their capacity to support students with complex needs. This project was possible through the support of the BC Ministry of Education and was intended to assist BC school districts in making the transition to SET-BC’s three-tiered model in 2015-2016.
With the transition to the three-tiered model, allocations for individual students were reconfigured to support two areas of need – students with very complex needs and classrooms supporting students with a variety of intellectual or learning needs. As a result of this reconfiguration, there was a reduction in the one-to-one support for individual student solutions and an increase in the classroom-based solutions.
To help districts with the transition, we invited school district teams to apply for complex need technology bundles to be used by district specialists for assessment purposes and for short term trials with their students.
Thirty-five BC school districts applied for one or more technology bundles in early 2016. The technology was shipped to the districts just prior to Spring Break in early March. Training support for the technologies included in all bundles was provided through ‘On Demand’ web-based resources and ‘Facilitated’ training sessions in April 2016. The many on demand training resources developed as part of this project are available here: Complex Needs Technology Project 2015-2016 Support Resources.
District #63 Saanich – Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
Claremont Secondary School uses the affordances of Google apps for education to build capacity in both students and staff. The team goals develop student independence and self-advocacy while increasing access to course content/core competencies. In addition, students increasing their knowledge and practical use of assistive technology tools while decreasing the stigma associated with those tools.
At North Saanich Middle School our team uses Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and Google Read Write in order to support grade 6/7 students in an inclusive model middle school. GAFE allows all students within the classroom the opportunity to customize, collaborate, share and differentiate their learning both at school and at home.