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Created on Friday, 13 January 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Our webinars are the perfect way to learn something new and to use this knowledge practically to support your students with additional support needs. They are specifically designed to be short (20-30 minutes) and timetabled for 4pm to allow teachers to not be overloaded at the end of a busy school d...

Created on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Posted by Joanna Courtney

The winner of the first Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2017 is Shark in the Park on a Windy Day by Nick Sharratt. Well done to Nick! Around 19,000 children across Scotland voted in the competition and the three nominated books were gifted to every p1 child in Scotland in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag d...

Created on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Posted by Claire Harrison

I have just joined the CALL Scotland team to take up the post of Development Officer for Assistive Technology and Complex Additional Support Needs. I graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1997 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and have spent the last 15 years teaching lea...

Created on Wednesday, 11 January 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

ATbar is a new text-to-speech program for Windows. ATbar is free and works with the Scottish voices. A benefit of ATbar is that it does not need to be installed and can be run from a USB stick/drive, providing a portable text reader.  ATbar has a clean, minimal interface with a Windows 10 look ...

Created on Monday, 09 January 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

Microsoft Edge, the default browser for Windows 10, has recently started to incorporate browser extensions, similar to Google Chrome. A browser extension is a plug-in or add-in that provides additional functionality to a browser. Some extensions can help to modify or simplify the layout and col...

Created on Monday, 09 January 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

Technology to support learners with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia can make a big difference. Using free resources provided by CALL Scotland such as WordTalk, the Scottish Voices, Books for All, combined with a range of Windows built-in tools, free downloads and commercial software, support...

Created on Wednesday, 04 January 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Has speech recognition software advanced to the point where students with additional support needs can rely on it to dictate answers into an SQA exam answer box or booklet? Is it about the software working efficiently or more about the training, support and school IT infrastructure that makes i...

Created on Tuesday, 20 December 2016. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Allan Wilson will present our first webinar of 2017 on Wednesday 11th January.  The subject will be 'Free Windows Text to Speech Software for People with Dyslexia'.  Text to speech software is one of the most useful tools available to support learners with dyslexia / reading&n...

Created on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

I’m a big fan of keyboard shortcuts, not only do they make computing more efficient and faster, keyboard shortcuts are the key to accessibility offering access to visually impaired and blind users, who might otherwise be unable to use a computer.   Keyboard shortcuts are a standard a...