Karina Barley



Member since
19/03/2012

Karina Barley

Taking education into the 21st Century

Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.

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Autism: Differentiating For Students on the Autism Spectrum
by daniel hutt on 21/09/2017

The course was a great balance of written info, videos, links to external resources, as well as downloadable documents to use when using best practice with differentiation.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Christopher Clapp on 04/09/2017

An amazing course. The breadth and depth of the uses of the IPad in the classroom was phenomenal. I felt confident in the presenter, her insights, and delivery-you can tell that Karina is extremely adept in her knowledge. Many of the Core Apps that were presented I was familiar with and use myself but most were completely new to me and I learned a lot from Karina. Her tutorials, links, annotations and activities cemented my abilities and developed my confidence to use these apps. I enjoyed the activities that enabled me to brainstorm uses for the apps that will be relevant to my students development and will allow me to develop more engaging units of work. I felt supported by Karina and the online community of participants who assisted me in developing lessons with apps I probably would not have engaged with on my own accord-especially the screencasting apps-I am glad I did though.

Another 10 Must Have Apps for the classroom
by Christopher Clapp on 04/09/2017

A great course in and of itself and a wonderful follow up to IPads in the primary classroom. The content, tutorials, activities, and feedback left me confident that I can integrate these apps into my classroom and students work and help them achieve their outcomes in a highly engaging and relevant manner. Highlights for me were the SlingNote and Socrative modules. After reviewing the content and feedback and discussions with Karina and others in the course I will be using most of the apps covered in the course. Of most use were the collaborative apps: Padlet and AllDraw. I hope that I have already conveyed a sense of appreciation throughout the various posts in this course but once again thank you. The apps in my grab bag will prove highly beneficial to my students and self and am looking forward to gaining more experience with them in the upcoming term and next year. I now have a few more rabbits to pull out of my proverbial hat and new tricks up my sleeve.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Christopher Clapp on 04/09/2017

Before the course I had a slightly negative preconception about social media and it’s use/potential use in the classroom. After engaging in the course I can see it’s potential and have had the opportunity to develop lesson and unit ideas that will integrate its use very willingly

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Anne Wolkowitsch on 27/08/2017

Rich content and very good and large resources.

Autism Awareness - More Strategies & Techniques for Teachers
by Stacey Hartwich on 23/08/2017

I found the course very thorough and extremely interactive. I love the video references as they were relatable and interesting. The course structure was easy to navigate and the content is already being put into practice in my classroom. I’m very satisfied with this PD.

Skype - the Ultimate Tool for the Global Classroom
by Erin Carroll on 17/08/2017

This course is well-structured, concise and contains very practical audio-visual resources that are suited to participants of all technological abilities. The instructions are easy to follow and I learned new skills every step of the course. The activities and links provide opportunities for participants to learn, create and extend and are incredibly useful for teachers wishing to use Skype in their classroom. A highly recommended course!

Autism Awareness - More Strategies & Techniques for Teachers
by Svetlana Gibb on 16/08/2017

The course included everything I needed to know about autism and gave plenty of ideas of what to consider when working with autistic children. Plenty of reading & videos were provided which also gave me an insight into autism from the autistic person’s point of view. Whilst it took me much longer than six hours to complete the course I thoroughly enjoyed it and will take my learning into the classroom. Please course providers be aware of the time it takes to complete all reading and activities!

Using iPads in the Autism and Special Education Classroom
by Stephanie Shepherd on 14/08/2017
I found the course contained an extensive amount of useful content. The presenter provided timely feedback and engaged with the group, through comments and the ‘like’ icon. I will certainly investigate the recommended apps further, as I found that there were too many to thoroughly explore during the course timeframe!
10 Must Have Apps for the Classroom
by Nadine Dent on 10/08/2017

What a great course! Filled with practical, useful information.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Nadine Dent on 10/08/2017

I found this course to be really detailed, informative and well structured.

Using QR Codes and Augmented Reality in the 21st Century Classroom
by Jolyon Gray on 08/08/2017

I now have a very handy bag tricks up my sleeve for engaging students and enriching learning with QR and VR technologies.

Using iPads in the Autism and Special Education Classroom
by Jonathan Gutierrez on 01/08/2017

A great insight to technology and the importance of technology within the classroom setting.The consistent voice and focus a iPad can provide that a human can not provide. Access to great apps that can be life changing for students with Autism.

Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom
by Banu Woods on 24/07/2017

Relevant discussions and content that is easily applicable to the secondary English classroom.

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Lynette Thackray on 20/07/2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It had relevant examples and a lot of additional resources that could be downloaded and saved for future use. I particularly liked the video mock up of a classroom situation that we had to analyse and say what we would do in that situation.

Using iPads in the Autism and Special Education Classroom
by Nicole Thompson on 11/07/2017

This course was very interesting. I found there was a lot of useful information about students with Autism and special needs as well as great App suggestions that can be used in the classroom.

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher It's Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Linna Wang on 03/07/2017

It is a good course. With the study of this course, I have obtained the information and knowledge about student behavior as well as what hidden behind the behavior. I will use the information learnt into classroom practice which will help improve student learning outcome.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Karim Najjarine on 14/06/2017

An enlightening and informative course.

iPads - Changing the Way We Do Education
by Nicole Robb on 08/06/2017

The course was excellent. It was a easy to follow with clear content. The presenter Karina was quick to get back to me with comments on my submissions and she made the course easy to follow with great activities.

I would definitely recommend this course to any teacher as the apps are very useful to teachers and for student use.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Louise Booth on 11/05/2017

I found this course engaging, relevant and meaningful. It opened my eyes to a lot of concepts that I had not yet thought about and has given our school some goals to work towards.