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Created on Thursday, 02 November 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last Wednesday (October 25th) we welcomed almost 100 practitioners from across Scotland to the SQA Digital Question Paper Focus Group. This annual (free) event again provided a great opportunity for staff to meet with colleagues from other schools and to discuss the use of technology in examinations...

Created on Friday, 01 September 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Dyslexia Scotland is delivering 5 free Masterclasses in dyslexia and inclusive practice for 500 staff across Scotland. The sessions are led by Fran Ranaldi, Development Officer (Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice) of Education Scotland, with contributions from the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit Worki...

Created on Monday, 14 August 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Are you a Support for Learning or Additional Support Needs Teacher or a local authority Inclusion Education Officer? If so, you might be interested in taking part in a FREE pilot Professional Learning Course on Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice that has been developed by Fran Ranaldi of Education Scot...

Created on Monday, 29 May 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

An updated version of the excellent Speech Recognition as AT (Assistive Technology) for Writing, by Daniel Cochrane and Kelly Key, has just been published and is now available. Speech recognition (where you talk or dictate to your computer, tablet or smartphone) can be hugely empowering for many lea...

Created on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

In today's blog for National Digital Learning Week 2017 we are thinking about learners with physical support needs. Assistive Technology has opened up a world of opportunities for people with physical support needs. Electronic assistive technologies are also becoming much more readily avail...

Created on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Pupil Equity Fund is worth £120 million which will be directly allocated to schools to help reduce the poverty attainment gap. In a previous blog I suggested that it could be appropriate to use PEF to invest in Assistive Technology. So is there evidence that Assistive Technology does impac...

Created on Friday, 10 March 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

On Wednesday March 8th, we were honoured to host the launch of the revised Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit, by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, and Sir Jackie Stewart, president of Dyslexia Scotland. The event was chaired by Professor Charlie Jeffrey, Senior Vice-Principal of the University of Edinb...

Created on Friday, 10 March 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Many learners with additional support needs struggle to write, spell and therefore to produce high quality written work. Feedback from teachers and learners, and our recent Talking in Exams Project, suggests that modern speech recognition software has considerable potential to help learners with wri...

Created on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last week I was working with a learner in primary 4 who has recently started using Clicker for writing and recording. He accesses the on-screen keyboard with a joystick to control the mouse pointer, and a separate switch to click the mouse button. But there's a big problem - when he activates th...