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Created on Thursday, 18 October 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Local authority and school ICT services are rightly concerned to protect their systems from abuse, hacking and from viruses, and to protect their users' privacy and security.  In most Scottish schools, learners cannot use their own smartphones or mobile devices to access the intern...

Created on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last week a colleague in a local authority got a quote for a single licence for Acrobat Pro from his Procurement department, for £480.   This is not good use of public money, given that you can get it for £58.58 per licence, plus £20 for the DVD, from Education Scotland (ex...

Created on Wednesday, 27 June 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Today I received a very positive evaluation back from a pupil and teacher who have been evaluating some equipment, and I thought I'd share it: seems like a nice way to end the term. (Mark is not his real name.) Background Mark is a Primary 6 pupil who attends his local primary school. Mark h...

Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Quite a few people have been asking if candidates can use iPads to complete the SQA Digital Question Papers. Previously, the answer was 'no' partly because SQA prohibited use of iPads in the same way they do not allow mobile phones in the exam room. However, this policy has now changed and some pu...

Created on Tuesday, 29 May 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

I've been meaning to blog about this for ages and have finally got round to it! The Oxford Owl web site has over 250 free Oxford Reading Tree eBooks for teachers, children and parents to read online. The books have a recorded narration (i.e. human, not computer speech) and you can zoom in and...

Created on Tuesday, 08 May 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

  109 new books have just been added to the Books for All Database. They are all Large Print PDFs which have been created by the VTSS team in Edinburgh, and we are grateful to them for sharing these accessible copies via the Database.  The books can be downloaded and printed out for...

Created on Tuesday, 01 May 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

  A Dyslexia Scotland Working Group is currently developing new material for the Assessing Dyslexia Toolkit, and would like your views of the current site and how it can be improved. The Assessing Dyslexia Toolkit was formally launched on 1st June 2010 by Sir Jackie Stewart and Mike Russel...

Created on Friday, 09 March 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The eBook revolution continues apace in all sorts of ways, and more Scottish public libraries are joining in by lending eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, for us to borrow and read or listen to on our computers, iPhone or iPad, and Android devices. So far, five local authorities offer eBooks and ...

Created on Friday, 03 February 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

One of the requests from the staff who attended the Digital Papers Focus Group meeting in October 2011 was for SQA to provide answer booklets in Microsoft Word format. While answer booklets have been provided as PDF documents, some staff felt that the Word format would be more suitable for some ca...