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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...

Created on Friday, 07 January 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

A report on the use of digital papers in 2010 is now available for download. The report contains a lot of interesting (well, to me, anyway) statistics and feedback from staff who used the papers last year. In 2010, 101 centres made 2000 requests for digital papers on behalf of 675 candidates...

Created on Monday, 22 November 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

During November 2010, all Primary 1 children in Scotland will receive a free copy of Manfred the Baddie from the Scottish Book Trust. Manfred won the 0-7 age category of the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books last year, and over 11,000 children voted in this age group. The books will ...

Created on Thursday, 18 November 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We are pleased to say that we will soon be able to provide accessible digital copies of the nine books shortlisted for the 2010 Royal Mail Book Awards. The books have been produced in cooperation with the publishers and The Scottish Book Trust. Last year over 31,000 children were involved in the a...

Created on Monday, 08 November 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

SQA have made all the 2010 adapted digital papers available on the SQA web site. There are over 400 papers covering a wide range of subjects. These past papers are ideal for revision and practice, for pupils who are going to be sitting prelims with digital papers, or are intending to 'go digital'...