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Created on Friday, 07 January 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

A report on the use of digital papers in 2010 is now available for download. The report contains a lot of interesting (well, to me, anyway) statistics and feedback from staff who used the papers last year. In 2010, 101 centres made 2000 requests for digital papers on behalf of 675 candidates...

Created on Wednesday, 15 December 2010. Posted by Sally Millar

Portability is generally a key requirement of a voice output communication aid. A few dedicated communication aids come in 'handheld' size, and there continues to be much interest in iPods and iPads (cheapness is another attractive feature!) But amazingly, nowadays, you can buy a fully featured W...

Created on Monday, 29 November 2010. Posted by Robert Stewart

The 2010 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books is an innovative nationwide reading project in which children and young people from every corner of Scotland read and vote for their favourite Scottish children's books of the year. Last year: Over 31,000 children were involved and a...

Created on Monday, 22 November 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

During November 2010, all Primary 1 children in Scotland will receive a free copy of Manfred the Baddie from the Scottish Book Trust. Manfred won the 0-7 age category of the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books last year, and over 11,000 children voted in this age group. The books will ...

Created on Thursday, 18 November 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We are pleased to say that we will soon be able to provide accessible digital copies of the nine books shortlisted for the 2010 Royal Mail Book Awards. The books have been produced in cooperation with the publishers and The Scottish Book Trust. Last year over 31,000 children were involved in the a...

Created on Monday, 08 November 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

SQA have made all the 2010 adapted digital papers available on the SQA web site. There are over 400 papers covering a wide range of subjects. These past papers are ideal for revision and practice, for pupils who are going to be sitting prelims with digital papers, or are intending to 'go digital'...

Created on Tuesday, 02 November 2010. Posted by Robert Stewart

A new version of WordTalk is now available for Windows 7 (32-bit). Unfortunately the Windows 7 (64-bit) version is not yet ready. WordTalk is a free text-to-speech plugin developed for use with Microsoft Word. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as i...

Created on Friday, 29 October 2010. Posted by Sally Millar

Kids with physical disabilities often need to use 'scanning'  (and switching) to access their communication and/or writing programs. Scanning is a widely misunderstood word.  A good definition was coined by David Colven and Simon Judge in  'Switch Access to Technology'. They say: "I...

Created on Friday, 15 October 2010. Posted by Robert Stewart

The Scottish Voice has been very well received by the Scottish educational community and we know that she is being used to listen to: SQA digital exams; novels; digital textbooks; Microsoft Word documents; resources on Glow. She is also used by children who can’t...