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Created on Tuesday, 31 May 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Kindle for PC Accessibility Plugin is now available for UK customers (and also for users in Australia, Canada and the U.S.). Kindle for PC is free software for reading Kindle eBooks on your Windows PC. The main feature of the new plugin is a text-to-speech tool which means that blind, visually...

Created on Wednesday, 30 March 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Adobe have just released new versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Adobe Reader is the free program that most people use for reading PDF files, such as the Hodder Gibson textbooks that we distribute for pupils who cannot read the paper versions, or the SQA digital exam papers. Acrobat Pr...

Created on Monday, 28 March 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We have added a new section to the CALL Digital Exam Papers web site, with information on how to use the SQA digital exam papers. There's also a new page where you can download user guides and information sheets on using and making interactive resources in PDF....

Created on Monday, 21 March 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Both Perfect Papers and P&N Publications are now supplying digital prelims with answer boxes - the same format and style that is used for the SQA digital question papers. This should make it much easier for schools who use these commercial prelim papers to provide them for students who need ad...

Created on Monday, 07 March 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We are very pleased to announce that the Scottish Government has awarded us funding to work with CereProc to develop a male Scottish computer voice: a 'brother for Heather'. The funding will also pay for a licence for the entire public sector in Scotland, so that the voice can be used by school-ag...

Created on Monday, 28 February 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Although Heather is pretty good at pronouncing most words correctly, there will be some terms which are not spoken correctly. You can use the PDFaloud Pronunciation Dictionary to fix this but this involves checking which words are not spoken correctly and adding them to the dictionary one at a ...

Created on Monday, 21 February 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

A few years ago Aileen MacIntyre, who teaches at Croftcroighn School in Glasgow, produced some 'symbolised' versions of Oxford Reading Tree books for pupils in the school who were struggling to learn to read. Aileen's books and work was featured in Examples of Best Practice in the 2007 Books for A...

Created on Tuesday, 25 January 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Today is Burns Night and so we'll all be reading, reciting and singing songs from the bard. You can even download a free App to help you remember the words and find out what they mean (See An App's an App for a that). So, I was thinking, what about children who use voice output communication aid...

Created on Thursday, 20 January 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Seeing Ear library is a free online library with about 2,300 books in digital format. Until recently only visually impaired or physically disabled people, or staff  working them, could join, but Seeing Ear has a new CLA licence which means that it can now be used by any person with a prin...