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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...

Created on Friday, 09 December 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

This week I answered two phone queries from different people about pupils who are having difficulties using a standard mouse. Both pupils are doing media related subjects which require intensive use of the mouse, particularly navigating the mouse, single and double clicking, holding and dragging ite...

Created on Monday, 05 December 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government has published A Fairer Scotland For Disabled People as a Delivery Plan to 2021 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The document outlines five main ambitions of the Scottish Government for changing the lives of disabled people in Scotl...

Created on Friday, 25 November 2016. Posted by Shirley Lawson

On 17th January  we are holding a morning seminar on Assessment and Support of Students with Additional Support Needs.  We want to raise awareness of the potential of Assistive Technology and to help teachers not only understand how transformational it can be for  students with additi...

Created on Thursday, 24 November 2016. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The vision for education in Scotland described in the National Improvement Framework is: Excellence through raising attainment: ensuring that every child achieves the highest standards in literacy and numeracy, set out within Curriculum for Excellence levels, and the right range of skills, qualifi...

Created on Thursday, 24 November 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

We've been working on plans for our Additional Support for Learning (ASL) and Technology 2017 conference and things are now starting to take shape. Next year's event will be held over two days, at CALL Scotland, Edinburgh on Wednesday June 14th and at the Golden Jubilee Hotel, Clydebank on T...