Connecting the ipad to the classroom whiteboard


I’ve attempted too many sessions attempting to run an activity where most of the group members cannot really see the ipad in front of them. Now I have figured out how to connect the ipad to the whiteboard, there is a lot more potential for class activities where pupils can be more engaged with what they are creating.

The programme I’ve used is Airserver, which you can access free for a 7 day trial. You can set up a few free trials using a different email address each time if it takes a while to get the new software approved (though it is relatively cheap).

Once installed, the software can be easily used during a lesson by doing the following (this is for use on PCs);

  • Connecting the iPad to the whiteboardActivate Airserver by clicking on the icon in the start menu
  • Type in the email address which is linked to the software.
  •  If using ios7 on the ipad, swipe up from the bottom of the ipad screen to access the Control Centre tab
  • Tap Airplay and you should see a link to the computer that you want to link it to. For ios6 and older, have a look at for further instructions.

So far I’ve been using this software to show the class movies that they have created – more on this in future blogs.


Say Hi AAC! for key word understanding assessments


This week I wanted to make an easy to use receptive language assessment without having to gather together toys from across the say hinursery every time I wanted to assess a child’s level of understanding. Most of the receptive language apps that I have found use vocabulary which is inappropriate because it is not everyday vocabulary or because it is mainly American English.

I took photos of the following items for a basic receptive language assessment: A crocodile and a teddy wearing various combinations of scarf, hat and glasses.

I inserted these photos into Say Hi AAC! which is a free app that allows up to 9 photos at once on a page. There’s room to add another3kw screenshot 3 pictures so including another animal with the same combination of hat/scarf/glasses it makes a basic noun-based 3 key word understanding assessment.

Taking photos and inserting directly into the app was tricky as it ended up sideways – much easier to take photos first and then insert from the photo library

Overall this app works for storing some basic receptive language assessments in your ipad to use at short notice during sessi

Using Verbs with Milo for expressive language assessment


I often use the Speech with Milo apps in therapy and assessment sessions with preschool children. They are created by a Speech and Language Therapist and seem to fit well into therapy sessions by presenting basic language elements in a motivating way. The app I have used most is Verbs with Milo during informal assessments to establish knowledge of action words.

milo pic

A typical 1-1 or small group session might go like this:

  • Go into Settings/List of Actions and decide which/how many verbs to activate for the session.
  • Also under Settings, turn off the spoken and written words so that you an focus on the child’s expressive language.
  • Ask the child to give the mouse a name – it doesn’t have to be Milo!
  • Take turns to activate each action by touching the mouse.
  • Prompt the description of each action with “The Mouse/other name is…”