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Created on Wednesday, 07 March 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

At a Crick 'Ask the Expert' webinar on 6/3/18, Dr Abi James drew attention to research undertaken at Runshaw College, a sixth form and FE College in England, on the use of technology in examinations. The research has found that the majority of students preferred to use a computer reader comp...

Created on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We have been asked to participate in an international research project looking at the accessibility of the PISA online assessments. We are looking for ten students in Scotland aged 15, who use Assistive Technology, to evaluate an online PISA science assessment, and tell us what they think. If you ar...

Created on Monday, 15 January 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Chromebooks are being purchased by many local authorities and schools to replace Windows-based machines. How do Chromebooks measure up for learners with additional support needs? In this blog we look at accessing the Scottish Heinemann Maths and TeeJay digital textbooks that are available from CALL ...

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...