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Created on Tuesday, 05 March 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Load2Learn is a database of downloadable accessible textbooks and images that has been set up by RNIB and Dyslexia Action with funding from the Department for Education. It's similar to the Books for All Database (we gave them some input and it's actually hosted by Scran, same as B4A) but when it ...

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

New Guidance SQA have published new guidance documents for schools who intend to use the SQA Digital Question Papers and Digital Answer Booklets in this year's exam diet. They have up to date advice on how to set up computers and software, and revised guidance for candidates: ‘Digital ...

Created on Tuesday, 20 November 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

One very common question we get asked is "what do you recommend for reading out the SQA Digital Question Papers?"    There are several good programs for this such as TextHelp Read and Write Gold, ClaroRead, Co:Writer and Penfriend but if you have no money and you want a nice si...

Created on Friday, 16 November 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Yesterday we hosted a course delivered by the great Ian Bean, on switches and switch-operated technology, and during lunch I gave a short demo of my latest favourite switch-operated toy: a Nerf Havock Fire dart gun. I set this up for the CALL Family Day earlier this year, and it was prett...

Created on Tuesday, 13 November 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Earlier this year eight schools in Scotland participated in a study which asked How does the use of tablet devices (e.g. the iPad) impact on teaching and learning? Given the huge interest in iPads, this is a good question to ask, and even  better to answer! Researchers at the Universit...

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...