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.

Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.

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.

10 Must Have Apps for the Classroom
by Peter Nicoll on 19/11/2017

The course was excellent, I have struggled with integrating technology into the classroom and this course gave me no end of ideas and options to explore over the next few years across all my 7-12 classes.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Jessica Neubert on 16/11/2017

I would like to see some sample activities or more sample strategies to use for students with autism from a range of subject areas. Other then that’s, I enjoyed participating in the course and the discussions between all that were involved.

Using QR Codes and Augmented Reality in the 21st Century Classroom
by Craig Lenon on 13/11/2017

As someone with limited tech skills I found that this course provided me with the confidence to develop my own lessons using QR codes and Aurasma. I had never heard of Aurasma before and I can see it becoming a commonly used tool in my classes from here on.

Using QR Codes and Augmented Reality in the 21st Century Classroom
by Dylan Tolley on 13/11/2017

Excellent course. I found the content very relevant for my teaching. I was especially pleased with the number of strategies and ideas of how to use QR codes and Augmented Reality in the classroom. The course presenter was outstanding and the course was very user friendly. I strongly recommended this course to all teachers.

Autism Awareness - More Strategies & Techniques for Teachers
by Lisa Tanconi on 07/11/2017

This course was very beneficial as I have students in my classes that have autism. It was interesting to hear about and learn how students with autism experience the world and the many ways they learn.

Skype - the Ultimate Tool for the Global Classroom
02/11/2017

Some interesting ideas and concepts were brought up. Some of the videos were a little long and time consuming to look through, eg. Watching skype lessons. Would be handy if there was a downloadable set of course notes with step-by-step instructions for connecting to these various platforms and features within skype. Otherwise, it could be a lot of information to take in and be difficult to remember when the time comes that you want to use it.

Autism: Differentiating For Students on the Autism Spectrum
by olga vojvodic on 26/10/2017
I found the course content and resources very valuable especially with the needs of my class this year. I continue to use the resources that were given to us.
Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Joan Watson on 24/10/2017

I really enjoyed this course. It introduces one to new approaches to student behaviour. What I learnt is that our students are all individuals and there are any amount of things that could influence their behaviour and therefore we need to deal with each one accordingly.

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Joan Watson on 24/10/2017

I really enjoyed this course. It introduces one to new approaches to student behaviour. What I learnt is that our students are all individuals and there are any amount of things that could influence their behaviour and therefore we need to deal with each one accordingly.

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Helen Rowling on 23/10/2017

The content of the How to Decipher Student behaviour was a great reminder of how we should consider each individual student.

We should take time to get down to their level and understand where each is at on their oblique learning journey line Initially, I had hoped to go to a one day conference with speaker and role plays. I was quite

taken back when I had to choose from one of the on line courses.

I felt the content may have been more directed for teachers of primary students 6-11 years. However, having said that, much can be gained from being reminded about where we begin. The variety of resources was adequate. The ‘blackboard’ conversations encouraged summaries and consideration on a variety of topics.

Autism: Differentiating For Students on the Autism Spectrum
by Katie Hammond on 23/10/2017

This course gave me a great insight into students with Autism and effective classroom strategies to inclusively differentiate them. It is of utmost importance that all students gain access to the curriculum and differentiation is one of the most effective ways to make this possible. The videos in this course were a helpful multi modal way of showcasing the strategies and heightened by engagement with the course. Furthermore, the online forum was an excellent way of sharing our own ideas and learning from other teachers in similar situations.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Karen Eykelenkamp on 18/10/2017

Informative course on Digital Citizenship, there was plenty of useful engagement techniques for the modern classroom.

Autism Awareness and Strategies for the Educational Environment - Online
by Shelley Hernage on 17/10/2017
I found this course extremely interesting and beneficial. It presented excellent, relevant information in an easy to follow format. I enjoyed that the course included various videos to watch as well as written information. I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested in gaining further insights into autism in the education environment.
Autism: Differentiating For Students on the Autism Spectrum
by JANE HANCOCK on 17/10/2017

Karina had very well organised notes and resources, as well as interesting and relevant video clips, which was good. Clearly, she had prepared the sequence of her notes carefully and had her own classroom experience underpinning the information she was presenting, which was great.

However, I did find the course to be somewhat disappointing overall due to the online delivery format. There was a somewhat static feel to the course with limited interaction with other participants and no visual of our presenter – I would have found the course far more engaging if I could have seen Karina talking, perhaps via YouTube clips. Although it was great to have 24/7 access to the course, I would be reluctant to take a further TTA course as it does lack the dynamic feel that you get in face-to-face situations.

Also, whilst Karina has an amazing collection of iPad resources, our school does not use iPads at all – therefore, I would have welcomed a balance of references to suitable computer-based aps.

Overall, however, I was impressed with Karina’s obvious passion for the field of autism and for meeting the needs of students on the spectrum. Had I been in a ‘live’ situation, I would have welcomed the chance to ask her some questions and have a chat.

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Lucy Fairley on 13/10/2017

This course was very informative. The links to the videos were helpful and the interaction between students on the blog worked well.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Nadège Spella-Barberet on 13/10/2017

A lot of document were provided, all very seriously and appropriately done. I have learnt a lot. I would have expected more on how to integrate it into senior students units of work.

Teaching Digital Citizenship using Social Media
by Ann Hassarati on 13/10/2017

This was a wonderful course and it opened up my eyes to SM and online safety. The delivery was good and it allowed me to complete modules at my own pace. The only difficulty in applying it at school is that they have blocked some SM avenues. Thank you for the course and the learning gained.

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Shehnaaz Shaheed on 12/10/2017

The Course “Student Behaviour How To Decipher Its Secret Language” was a very beneficial course. It has allowed be to think more deeply about why students behave in a particular way and how to prevent misbehaving situations from arising.

Student Behaviour: How To Decipher Its Secret Language And Improve Student Outcomes
by Karen Eykelenkamp on 11/10/2017

The course was exceedingly informative, I have been using the techniques in classes and have found they have helped with student management.