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Created on Monday, 23 November 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Staff, parents and pupils often ask us for advice on whether a spellchecker can be used with an SQA Adapted Digital Paper, so this is what we think is the situation. If you are in any doubt, contact the SQA Assessment Arrangements team. Question. Can I use a spellchecker in the examination? Answ...

Created on Monday, 02 November 2009. Posted by Sally Millar

Act NOW and book a place at one of the forthcoming Scottish Communication Matters Road Shows. It is completely free, and you get a free lunch as well! Choice of three venues (all 9.15am - 3.30pm, or 'drop in'): Tuesday 1st December - Edinburgh (Murrayfield Stadium, with CALL) Wednesday 2nd...

Created on Wednesday, 28 October 2009. Posted by Allan Wilson

There are some incredible resources available free on the internet these days. (We like to think we have some pretty incredible resources available on our web sites, too, e.g. WordTalk and The Scottish Voice.) Here are a couple of American sites that I have come across recently and which are defi...

Created on Tuesday, 27 October 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Paul Nisbet and Stuart Aitken have developed a comprehensive 4 day course that attempts to cover techniques for making learning resources in accessible formats. The course is split into two sections and the first half was held on 29/30 September, at Stirling Management Centre. It was attende...

Created on Friday, 02 October 2009. Posted by Robert Stewart

Tobii seem to be releasing a lot of new products recently and have added the weather resistant C8 (approximately £4800) and C12 (approximately £5400) to their range. They are both designed like tablet PCs with a 8.4" and 12.1" screen respectively.  The C12 can also have the ...

Created on Thursday, 01 October 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

One of the annoying things that can happen when using Adobe Reader or especially Adobe Acrobat is that the program insists on checking the reading order when you make a change to the file. The "Content Preparation Progress" appears and then you have to wait while it checks through the file and sorts...

Created on Thursday, 01 October 2009. Posted by Robert Stewart

Toshiba were rumoured to have been initaly planning an April 2009 launch for this new technology but held off because of the recession and market conditions. The super charge ion battery could revolutionise technology and uses nanotechnology to rapidly charge in a couple of minutes (90 percent in...

Created on Thursday, 01 October 2009. Posted by Robert Stewart

Another interesting application demonstrated at Communication Matters, Oska is designed to offer a variety of alternative input methods to custom designed keyboards. The software basicaly allows you to design your own keyboards and attach an input method (such as a switch) to control that custom key...

Created on Wednesday, 30 September 2009. Posted by Robert Stewart

Peter Keeves (Cornwall Partnership Trust) recently presented a session at Communication Matters on the new Intel Fizzbook Tablet PC and its potential as a low cost voice output communication aid (VOCA).  I shall give very brief details on this: Fizzbook Spin (Standard laptop v...