Hello I’m Annie McDowall, I’m Share’s Chief Executive and I’m here to introduce this film which is about a potato. It’s also about a man called Edmond and it’s about how Edmond has used technology to transform his potato into a healthy meal. Here at Share we’re using technology to help our students to become more independent. You’re going to see examples of the kind of technology that we’re using such as our Immersive Learning Space and iPad technology and also using some really cool gadgets which help people to remember what they have to do. I’d like to introduce you now to my colleague Gabrielle Antoniou who is our Digital Inclusion Manager. In the story of Edmond and his potato we’ve used three different types of technology that we’re currently using here at Share. The first thing is our Immersive Learning Space. This is a fantastic interactive learning environment where students can participate and be hands-on within their sessions. The Immersive Learning Space can be used to create different lighting, sounds, visuals, and movement which helps cater for the different learning styles we have here at Share. It helps improve their confidence in using technology and I’ve noticed that students who wouldn’t typically volunteer themselves and now eager to participate in sessions This has really helped with their understanding and I’ve noticed students are able to grasp concepts they maybe struggled with before. The next piece of technology we use is the iPad and on there we use a storytelling software called Pictello. For Edmond’s potato we used Pictello to create a verbal and visual shopping list. I’ve supported Edmond in finding pictures of his ingredients and then assisted him in typing them up. Edmond can then use this shopping list independently in the supermarket and feel confident that he’s got all the ingredients he needs. [Computer Voice]: “I need one baking potato.” [Computer Voice]: “I also need a tin of tuna.” The last thing we use is a talking photo album which provides visual and verbal instructions for our learners. When creating the talking photo album I work with the students to find pictures in line with the tasks that they’ll be doing. It’s’s really important they’re involved at this point so that images aren’t abstract to them. I help them sequence the order of their tasks and then help them record the instructions using language that’s familiar to them. This results in a personalised learning tool that they’re able to take away and use independently. [Computer Voice]: “Now I’m going to mix the sweetcorn and tuna”. Such technologies help the staff here at Share really tailor their learning to meet each individual student’s needs. In Edmond’s case it was about building on his confidence and his independence. For other students it could be anything from their communication skills, to developing coping strategies for stressful situations. Well I hope you’ve enjoyed this film about Edmond in his potato and I hope it’s helped you to see how technology can help people to develop independent living skills. Here at Share we’re looking to make the most of technology to revolutionise how people live, learn, and communicate. If you or somebody that you know could benefit from our courses at Share, please contact us using the links below.