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Created on Friday, 27 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

When you are using speech recognition software, it's important to keep the microphone a consistent distance away from your mouth. One of the best ways of doing that is to use a headset microphone. However, most of the headset mics have got a cable attached which means that you are tethered to yo...

Created on Tuesday, 17 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Technology is replacing the use of readers and scribes in schools - but not quickly enough. Too many learners do not have access to technology or to digital learning resources, and are being taught to rely on staff to read to them or write for them. On Saturday I ran a workshop at the National ...

Created on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Barrington Stoke, who publish excellent books for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers, have released Tints, an app that lets you buy digital versions of some of their titles. Barrington Stoke have not published digital versions of their titles before because they have significant concerns ...

Created on Friday, 09 October 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Earlier this week colleagues commented that the Stuart computer voice pronounces some words incorrectly - "cereal" and "lasagne" were mentioned and sure enough, these words do sound weird. It is possible to change the pronunciation of individual words, and so we are looking ...

Created on Tuesday, 22 September 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

If you are working with learners who have difficulty writing or spelling, you need to learn about speech recognition. Speech recognition software is now much, much better that it was in the past, and it's also built in free to mobiles and tablets. If you've tried it before but not had much s...

Created on Tuesday, 08 September 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

As is often the case with projects, there has been a bit of slippage in the development timetable of the Scottish Gàidhlig computer voice. Three quarters of the recording are complete, the first 'build' has been created by CereProc, and the recording should be finished by the end o...

Created on Monday, 20 July 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

It seems that IVONA MiniReader, the free text reader we liked for reading digital exams, is no longer available for download. I've therefore spent the afternoon reminding myself of some alternatives - and thanks to Abi James and Jean Hutchins of the BDA Technology group for sharing som...

Created on Thursday, 02 July 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

BrightRed National 4 and Higher Study Guides are now available on the Books for All Database! We are very grateful to John MacPherson and the team at BrightRed for giving us permission to make these files available to learners with print disabilities across Scotland.  The books are PDFs th...

Created on Monday, 29 June 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Thanks once more to Marie Lawson in Shetland who has contributed New Maths in Action 32 in 18 point Large Print - all 629 pages of it!  This adds to Large Print versions of the 11, 12, 21, 22 and 31 books that Marie has already provided to the database.  Mari...