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Created on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Many people can cope with basic arithmetic when a problem is presented as a sum to be calculated, but struggle when the question is wrapped up in words. Text to speech software can help with reading the words in a problem, but it won't necessarily make the question easier to understand, or to an...

Created on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Our third blog for Maths Week Scotland focuses on the use of Number Squares which are a tried and tested tool for helping learners gain confidence and familiarity with working with numbers, particularly in the form of addition squares and multiplication squares. For many years, teachers have been en...

Created on Monday, 11 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

This is our second blog for Maths Week Scotland. Today we are looking at the idea of using a Number Line, a popular manipulative to help young learners with dyscalculia and other numeracy difficulties gain a better understanding of numbers. We are going to focus on the Number Line app from the Math ...

Created on Monday, 11 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

To mark Maths Week Scotland, we will be publishing a short blog every day looking at apps that can help improve the numeracy skills of pupils with dyscalculia, or other difficulties with mathematics. Today we are looking at 'subitising' and an app that can help learners work on this skill. W...

Created on Friday, 04 August 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Dolphin recently released their EasyReader app, a free option for reading material from existing e-book libraries on an iPad. (An Android version should be available later this year.) The app allows electronic books in a different formats to be downloaded from various online libraries and read back ...

Created on Monday, 19 June 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Over 250 people attended this year's two-day ASL and Technology Conference and Exhibition, held in Edinburgh last Wednesday and in Clydebank the following day. There were 28 companies and organisations with stands in the exhibition areas in Edinburgh, while, due to restrictions in space, there w...

Created on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

We were approached recently by Jenna Lyons, an MSc student at the University of Dundee, studying Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She is currently running a study with colleagues aimed at learning how to design the layout of AAC devices using the exact preferences of the specific us...

Created on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

The day after last week's blog on Scanning Pens and Scanning Apps, which suggested that the Adobe Scan app for the iPad only produced "image" files, rather than "selectable" text, when it is used to scan a page with text, Adobe released a new version of the app which DOES pro...

Created on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Suppose that you have dyslexia, or a reading difficulty, and have been given some important information printed on a sheet of paper. It may be an exam paper, or information about your flight and accommodation details for the holiday that you have been looking forward to for months. What do you do? Y...