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Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

As of August 2013, SQA clarified what is and is not a 'reasonable adjustment'  for learners with disabilities in assessments, and it seems that this has caused a bit of disquiet in some areas of Scottish education. From speaking to practitioners, I believe that there is a general mis...

Created on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

  We have scanned and uploaded most of the Higher Scottish set texts to the Books for All Database and so they are now available for any of your learners who have print disabilities. The books are PDF files so they can be read on almost any device - Windows or Mac computers, iPads, Android t...

Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Back in March I gave a presentation at the Developing Teachers in a Post-PC Era conference that we organised with Apple UK, where I suggested that one of the potential benefits of more learners using more new mobile technologies (iPads, tablets, mobiles etc) was that digital books and ...

Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Large Print Maths books Thanks to Caroline Jamieson in Moray for some new Large Print maths books:  Chapters 11 to 22 of TeeJay's new Curriculum for Excellence Level 1b book, in 20 point print (to add to the first half of the book); Heinemann Higher Maths (ediion 1), also...

Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The latest additions to the Books for All Database are Scottish Heinemann Maths 6 and 7 Textbooks, Extension Textbooks and Assessment Books. This completes the set we think of the SHM books. These titles have all been scanned and then adapted with answer boxes. In some cases extra pages ha...

Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We've had reports of Co:Writer 6 not working properly on netbook and laptop computers, particularly those running Windows 7. This seems to be a particular problem with the thousands of Toshiba NB250/300/500 machines bought through the Procurement Scotland arrangement. Here's how to solve it for ...

Created on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

I had a call yesterday from a parent who was concerned about her 10 year old son who is dyslexic and dyspraxic. He has been receiving good support from the school staff, particularly with regard to his reading - his mum said that his reading age had been 1.5 years behind but that followed intensiv...

Created on Friday, 17 May 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We have some more new maths textbooks on the Books for All Database.TeeJay Maths Curriculum for Excellence titles We are very grateful to TeeJay Publishers who have kindly provided PDFs of their six new Curriculum for Excellence textbooks: Books 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a and 3b. These cover C...

Created on Friday, 22 March 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Recently I met a learner in first year in secondary school with a physical disability . She doesn't have the strength to hold books and turn pages, and she gets very tired handwriting. After due assessment and consideration of various devices we all concluded that an iPad was most suitable device...