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Created on Wednesday, 20 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Another opportunity to learn how to make Books for All! Learning & Teaching Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, would like to invite you to send a representative from your local authority to attend Books for All CPD event at Stirling Management Centre.  This free CPD is a fo...

Created on Monday, 18 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

A new version of FineReader has just been released and the basic OCR accuracy seems to be much better than the previous version 9 (which was actually much worse than version 8 - we carried on using 8 because 9 was so bad). Here's a screenshot of a PDF image that was recognised using FineReader 9:...

Created on Monday, 18 January 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

Were you lucky enough to get an iPhone or an iPod Touch for Christmas? Perhaps your school was able to scrape together funds to buy one? In addition to all the music and videos that you can download from iTunes, you'll find a bewildering array of apps that you can use, covering everything from tun...

Created on Wednesday, 13 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

WH Smith are selling eBooks half price until 15 January. There are over 100,000 available and so you can get your hands on say the Twilight series for £4 each (no thanks), Rebus novels by Ian Rankin (that's more like it) as well as books by the likes of Barack Obama or Jeremy Clarkson. ...

Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. Posted by Sally Millar

WOW -  I have received two emails this week that make me feel a bit old but massively proud!  Both were from young women in their early twenties who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) - at opposite ends of Scotland - that I have known since they were very young. I've kn...

Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Audio Revision Project at Lochaber High School is a really good example of how learning resources can be provided in alternative formats. The project is a collaboration between Dyslexia Lochaber, who raised the funding and organised some volunteer narrators, and Lochaber High School. Revision...

Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Spoken Ink is a new web site offering downloadable audio short stories by authors such as Roald Dahl, Angela Carter, Julian Barnes, Margaret Atwood "and a host of new and unknown talent." Most of the stories cost 99p to download and you can listen to them on your computer, MP3 player, mobile phon...

Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last Friday we gave a couple of talks on assistive techology and AAC, to students on the Moray House Primary Postgraduate course, and here's the powerpoint presentation. It is a whistle-stop tour through Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning. The presentation is a PDF and the notes for each...

Created on Friday, 18 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

This is a chance for you to help improve the accessibility of Glow. If Glow is to fulfil it's aims it needs to be accessible to every pupil in Scotland and one way of helping many pupils with visual or reading difficulties is through 'text-to-speech' software, so that pupils can have material on G...