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Created on Monday, 15 May 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

Today is the start of National Digital Learning Week 2017. This year the theme of the week is ‘Digital Difference’ and throughout the week the CALL team are going to post blogs about how digital technology can make a difference to learners with additional support needs.  In the...

Created on Thursday, 09 March 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

Did you know that Macs have a range of built-in tools to help with literacy difficulties? This new guide will take you through some of the tools that can help to support Mac users with reading and writing.  The Mac operating system is often abbreviated as ‘OS X’ or ‘macOS&rsq...

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 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 Thursday, 17 November 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

CALL has created a new email forum, ‘CALL Assistive Technology (AT) Community’ an informal space for people with a common interest; to share ideas and resources, to exchange information,  to ask questions related to assistive technology in an educational context, to discuss a rang...

Created on Friday, 30 September 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

There are three new features in iOS 10 that have the potential to make a big difference for learners with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia and also for those with visual difficulties.  Typing Feedback Highlight Content  Display Accommodations    They can all be found in &...