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Free exhibition: ICT and Inclusion 2013

By Robert Stewart on Wednesday 12th June, 2013 at 2:54pm

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CALL Scotland has been organising the FREE annual ICT and Inclusion road-show since 2001. It provides people with an opportunity to see and compare the latest software and technology to support students with additional support needs from most of the leading UK companies.

Location and dates for the exhibitions are:

  • CALL Scotland, Edinburgh - 18 June 2013
  • Thistle Hotel, Glasgow - 19 June 2013

Suppliers will describe their key products in timetabled sessions and there will also be short presentations by staff from CALL Scotland.

The exhibitions will be open from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm.

Free Lunch! A free buffet lunch is provided at each of the three venues. It is therefore important that people register for the exhibition in advance so we have an idea of numbers before the day. Please indicate when you book a place if you wish to stay for lunch.

To find out more and to book online, go to the ICT and Inclusion web page or telephone CALL Scotland on 0131 651 6235 to book a place.

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Free exhibition: ICT and Inclusion 2013

By Robert Stewart on Tuesday 16th April, 2013 at 4:49pm

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CALL Scotland has been organising the FREE annual ICT and Inclusion road-show since 2001. It provides people with an opportunity to see and compare the latest software and technology to support students with additional support needs from most of the leading UK companies.

Location and dates for the exhibitions are:

  • CALL Scotland, Edinburgh - 18 June 2013
  • Thistle Hotel, Glasgow - 19 June 2013

Suppliers will describe their key products in timetabled sessions and there will also be short presentations by staff from CALL Scotland.

The exhibitions will be open from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm.

Free Lunch! A free buffet lunch is provided at each of the three venues. It is therefore important that people register for the exhibition in advance so we have an idea of numbers before the day. Please indicate when you book a place if you wish to stay for lunch.

To find out more and to book online, go to the ICT and Inclusion web page or telephone CALL Scotland on 0131 651 6235 to book a place.

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Hello from Craig!

By Allan Wilson on Thursday 27th October, 2011 at 11:59am

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Hello!

Craig says hello.I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Craig Mill and I recently started working for CALL Scotland as an Assistive Technology Officer. I’ve always admired and respected the work of CALL so having the opportunity to work alongside knowledgeable, skilled and experienced colleagues is a real privilege and a great pleasure.

For those of you who don’t know me I’m probably better known for developing the free and open source portable programs such as AccessApps, MyStudyBar and Create&Convert which make up the EduApps suite of software.

Breaking down barriers

Like my colleagues at CALL I have a love and passion for technology. It still amazes me how technology can break down barriers to learning and provide real opportunities for learners with additional support needs to learn and live as full and independent lives as possible. And the good news is that technology is ever-changing constantly improving and helping to break down barriers for those who embrace it.

As everyday technology such as mobile phones, tablets and e-books become more powerful, affordable, and increasingly ubiquitous with integrated accessibility features as standard, inclusive and universal design are set to become the standard. What was once seen as ‘assistive’ or ‘accessible’ technology is gradually converging into mainstream. 

These are undoubtedly exciting times for all who work in education and technology. Set against a backdrop of economic cuts they are also challenging. While I’m a fan of commercial software I’m also acutely aware of the role that open source and free alternatives can play. Working at CALL will provide an opportunity to explore and develop the role and benefits that open source and free alternatives can offer to schools on tight budgets. You can see an exmaple of how schools are already using open source and free alternatives on the Education Scotland website.  

Apps, Apps and away...

Another area of change is the multitude of cheap and affordable ‘apps’ for both the iPad and Android platforms. Apps, iPads and Android tablets also offer both opportunities and challenges; particularly in the way devices and apps are managed, integrated and used within the curriculum. This is an area which still requires a great deal of research.

As you can see, there is much to do but ultimately my role is to support you in any way I can. If you’d like to discuss any of the issues I’ve highlighted or would like to find out how CALL can offer a range of support then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Craig

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Family Fun Technology Day, 2011

By Allan Wilson on Tuesday 5th April, 2011 at 5:38pm

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Around 150 children and parents attended the recent Family Fun Technology Day, held at CALL. Staff from the various Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland centres and other volunteers were on hand to demonstrate various examples of the use of communication aids and other assistive technology to help children with additional support needs and to lead various 'fun' activities.

Visitors were able to try lots of switch activated toys and games and had a chance to find out about the wide range of communication aids now available, including eye gaze systems. Lots of computer software was demonstrated and parents were able to take away CDs with free software provided by Pass IT On. There were lots of 'fun' activities, including treasure hunts (with prizes!), cake decorating, Smart Wheelchair rides and music workshops.

Parents were able to see how projects like Books for All could bring real benefits for children with additional support needs and were able to ask specialist staff lots of questions about the use of computer technology.

What people liked

Feedback about the day from the people who attended was very positive. This is what people liked:

  • "Opportunity to chat with professionals and families."
  • "Kids activities with robots being controlled by Springboard Lite, cake decorating, etc."
  • "Eye Gaze, Music"
  • "The whole family had things to do and enjoy. It was perfect."
  • "Trying new toys and games which we can now consider buying / using at home. Music group was very good."

There are more pictures of the day, and a short video to watch on the Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland web site.

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Free exhibition: ICT and Inclusion 2010

By Robert Stewart on Wednesday 17th March, 2010 at 3:51pm

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CALL Scotland has been organising the FREE annual ICT and Inclusion (originally called ICT/SEN Update) roadshow since 2001. It provides people with an opportunity to see and compare the latest software and technology to support students with additional support needs from most of the leading UK companies.

Location and dates for the exhibitions are:

Suppliers will describe their key products in timetabled sessions and there will also be short presentations by staff from CALL Scotland.

The exhibitions will be open from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm.

Free Lunch! A free buffet lunch is provided at each of the three venues. It is therefore important that people register for the exhibition in advance so we have an idea of numbers before the day. Please indicate when you book a place if you wish to stay for lunch.

To find out more and to book online, go to the ICT and Inclusion web page or telephone CALL Scotland on 0131 651 6235 to book a place.

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Technology Discovery Day: 13th March 2010

By Robert Stewart on Thursday 21st January, 2010 at 4:28pm

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For People Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Time: Saturday 13th March 2010, 11am - 4pm

Location: CALL Scotland, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Webpage: Technology Discovery Day

It's FREE and refreshments will be provided. Drop in, or stay all day!

The day is run by expert staff from Ayrshire and Arran AAC Resource, CALL Scotland, FACCT, KEYCOMM, SCTCI, TASSCC and other specialist centres and funded by Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland.

  • Try out new computers, software, websites, music, communication aids, environment controls, and games and technology for fun and communication! (Remember to bring YOUR communication aid!).
  • Make new friends and contacts. Get help and ideas from specialist professionals from AAC services and other centres across Scotland.
  • You’ll need to arrange your own transport and bring someone along to help you and join in the fun!
  • Refreshments (eg. sandwiches, tea, coffee, juice) will be provided. If you have special dietary requirements, please bring what you need.

Registration

If you would like to come:

  • Visit the Technology Discovery Day and read more about it and use the online form to book your place;
  • OR telephone CALL Scotland, 0131 651 6235 to book a place;
  • OR fill in a paper copy of the booking form and return it to: CALL Scotland, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ.

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