Seen at BETT – Hardware

BETT logoLast week I spent one and a half days at BETT; the biggest education technology exhibition in the UK.  There are many large exhibitors (Google, Microsoft etc.) who have spent thousands on their stands and are all amplifying their presentations so they can be heard over each other.  However the really interesting stands – as far as Assistive Technology is concerned – are tucked away up on the balcony or in the SEN Zone which is right at the back of the hall.

This post will focus on interesting new hardware developments and I’ll write in the near future about software developments.  Click on any images for a larger view. Continue reading

Mouse Solutions

Using a mouse can be difficult for many students, but before you spend money on alternative devices try the following:

Check if the student is right or left handed. This sounds obvious, but many left-handers will use the mouse with their right hand because the mouse is typically placed to the right of the keyboard.

Slow down the mouse pointer speed so that the movement of the pointer is easier to control. This is also an important thing to do when using rollerballs or joysticks.

  • In Windows go to Control Panel then Mouse. Click the Pointer Options tab then move the slider left or right to adjust the speed.
  • On a Mac go to System Preferences then Keyboard and Mouse. Click the Mouse tab then move the Tracking Speed slider left or right to adjust the speed.

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