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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Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Tammy Kimmince on 01/02/2018

The Course was relevant to my needs.

Using the Keynote App for motivating and inspiring lessons
by Maja Tancheski on 30/01/2018

I really enjoyed this course. The content was interesting and I really took a lot out of it, especially for the Distance Education setting.

Using QR Codes and Augmented Reality in the 21st Century Classroom
by Joel Walton on 25/01/2018

The course had some extremely interesting and engaging topics in it that could be very good in the classroom. The start with QR was very engaging and the end with Aura’s in Aurasma was a great end. This is something that I think all teachers from all levels of education could use in their classrooms in a variety of ways.

Autism Awareness - More Strategies & Techniques for Teachers
by Shelley Hernage on 24/01/2018

This course contains interesting, relevant and valuable information and on into Autism. It was also easy to follow and navigate at your own pace.

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
09/01/2018

This was a good course with some sound research to support the information and techniques presented.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Nicole Clay on 08/01/2018

I feel that the course had very detailed information and catered to different learners ensuring that they could take something away from it. Participants were able to
read information, look at pictures, watch videos, and communicate with each other. I have walked away knowing more about autism and how to ensure that my teaching environment is even more inclusive. I would recommend this course to all others interested in learning more about autism in the classroom.

Autism: Differentiating For Students on the Autism Spectrum
by Heidi Court on 08/01/2018

This course was very informative. I completed this course the week after the term finished and it left me feeling inspired and motivated to begin planning for 2018. At the completion of the course I had approximately 10 pages open with links to extra information that Karina had provided us with. I just wanted to keep reading about everything we had learnt so I could continue to develop my knowledge and strategies. Looking forward to completing more of Karina’s courses in the future!

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Richard Murray on 21/12/2017

I have found this online course on understanding student behaviour most enlightening. I had never really considered (perhaps consciously, anyway) that a student’s behaviour was more a form of communication of needs or wants, as opposed to the usual reaction of, “How dare they challenge my authority and act so rudely!” Of course, it’s hard not to think that because it can certainly appear that way. But looked at through the lens of it being the student trying to communicate to you in an inappropriate way, because they don’t have the communication skills to more accurately tell you what they want and/or need, is a very different concept – well, to me anyway.
I have found the articles, video presentations and discussion very helpful and I would recommend this course to any teacher who feels they have not quite come to terms with difficult behaviour as a means of communication, albeit a very inefficient one which can be modified with the teacher’s intervention.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Roshell Boulton on 19/12/2017

This was a very helpful course for me. It was pitched at the correct level and allowed me to gain both a deeper understanding of what Autism is, but in particular a perspective on what the school experience would be like for children on the autism spectrum. A good focus on practical teaching strategies which I can take with me back to the classroom.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Lecia Leigh on 18/12/2017

I enjoyed the course and found the course resources ?and those shared by colleagues useful. I plan to use these when teaching cyber safety to students.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Michael Cunningham on 18/12/2017

I found that the course had some fantastic and relevant content; particularly up to date with issues, lesson ideas and concepts that we as teachers should be tackling. Additionally, some nice suggestions in regards to how to use SM as tools for learning and how they can be best applied to help support student understanding.

Autism: Differentiating For Students on the Autism Spectrum
by Rubyna Siddiqui on 17/12/2017

The course was Informative. Good strategies to differentiate lessons for students with Autism.
I would highly recommend the course.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Ross Kennedy on 15/12/2017

Some parts were a little dated, I thought. When dealing with this particular part of education it is essential that the content in current. I liked that I was able to see other students comments and this made for a nice collaborative environment.
The focus on using FB to communicate with students was challenging. There are already so many other recommended (and free) LMS platforms for achieving this type of communication.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Sue Graffen on 14/12/2017

I think that the content needs alittle updating. I work with students in Years 7 & 8, 90% of whom do not have a Facebook account. I would be interested in learning more about Snapchat, and Instagram. I appreciate the information about privacy settings on Facebook. I realise that many of these social media sites are fads and as teachers we are always playing catch up as the students move to the next

Using the Keynote App for motivating and inspiring lesson
by Dylan Tolley on 13/12/2017

I really enjoyed this course and have now made the change from Microsoft Power Point to Keynote. I found the course made me think about my use of ICT and how I could maximise it’s potential especially utilising ideas like App smashing and also not sticking to my tired and tested Apps but exploring new apps.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Darren Lester on 04/12/2017

The course was very good and has really given me some great ideas and options for my classroom. I am sorry I couldn’t complete the one task as I didnt have the app.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Cara Twomey on 04/12/2017

I found this course really helpful in building my confidence to use iPads in the classroom more creatively. This course helped me focus my thinking and fine tune my goals for what I wanted myself and my students to achieve in the classroom using these devices.

I have a new range of apps to add to the learning experiences for students. I have seen first hand how engaged the class are when working purposefully on the iPads.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Andrew Light on 01/12/2017

It was a great introductory course and I learned so many things I previously did not know. I will certainly be able to use the content used.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Kimihiko Hirose on 29/11/2017

I really liked the content of the course since the course explored the basic knowledge of Autism and the way we can provide support in the classroom environment. They are really helpful to me. I just started to work with the child with Autism from this year and have been working with specialists such as an OT and a speech therapist. This course helps me understand what these specialists previously said to me and expanded my understanding of Autism. Now, I have more confidence to work with children with Autism and would like to help my co-workers by sharing what I have learnt in this course. Thank you so much.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Marion Horton on 20/11/2017

I found the course content to be of high quality. I felt that my professional learning was greatly enhanced by the modules.
The course was also enjoyable as I had positive interactions with Karina and several other online participants.
I would rate the course as excellent.
One of the most appealing things was the flexibility the online space gave me to progress through the modules at my own pace. I could revisit all the videos and notes making it possible to go deeper into the challenges and ideas that were presented.

Many thanks to Karina and all the TTA team presenters – in a word it was outstanding! I look forward to my next TTA course.