Building bridges that span the digital divide
The author is well-known for her work in this area at NCET and BECTA. She builds on this background in order to present a book which is strong on summary and opinion, and all the better for it. The separate chapters, some of which appeared in an earlier form as articles in Special Children magazine, dal with particular aspects of special needs using the categories which will be familiar to teachers from the current SEN Code of Practice. All categories of need are covered, including a fascinating description of the ways in which ICT is now able to support those who communicate by signing.
The section on literacy contains much common sense on what ICT can offer those with dyslexia, and this in an area of discourse where clear thinking is sometimes thin on the ground. The chapter on access to experiences deals with a wide range of special needs which relate to behaviour, and there is much here that $is new and enlightening.
Unlike many books, this one is also brave enough to mention individual software programs, and the Further Information section contains full contact details for all the companies concerned. Unlocking Potential is that rare thing, a book worth buying which is also easy to read; it should find a place on all staff room resource areas.