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Created on Wednesday, 24 February 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Many people think that 'alternative format' means things like Large Print, Braille, audio, Daisy etc, but it also includes symbolised materials. Widgit software, who publish software for creating and using symbolised resources, are running a FREE day on symbols here in CALL on Wednesday 3rd March....

Created on Tuesday, 23 February 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Heather, the Scottish Voice, which can be downloaded free from CALL's Scottish Voice web site by anyone in Scottish schools, is a product of CereProc, an Edinburgh based company. CereProc make 'custom' voices by recording and synthesising human speech, and one possibility is to create bespoke comp...

Created on Thursday, 28 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Another 54 books were added to the Books for All Scotland Database today. There are 23 new books in PDF which have been produced by CALL Scotland. LTS funded the production of these books, which are scanned PDF copies of third and fourth year textbooks from various publishers including Heinemann...

Created on Tuesday, 26 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Books for All programme is about learning resources in accessible, alternative formats for people who cannot access standard printed books. Sometimes this is due to, for example, severe dyslexia, visual impairment, blindness or physical impairment. In these case it is self-evident that the r...

Created on Friday, 22 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

SQA have put up the 2009 adapted digital past papers on their web site for anyone to download. They cover all levels from Intermediate through to Advance Higher with a wide range of different subjects. This means you can now download papers from 2007, 2008 and 2009 for revision and practice. In r...

Created on Wednesday, 20 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Another opportunity to learn how to make Books for All! Learning & Teaching Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, would like to invite you to send a representative from your local authority to attend Books for All CPD event at Stirling Management Centre.  This free CPD is a fo...

Created on Monday, 18 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

A new version of FineReader has just been released and the basic OCR accuracy seems to be much better than the previous version 9 (which was actually much worse than version 8 - we carried on using 8 because 9 was so bad). Here's a screenshot of a PDF image that was recognised using FineReader 9:...

Created on Wednesday, 13 January 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

WH Smith are selling eBooks half price until 15 January. There are over 100,000 available and so you can get your hands on say the Twilight series for £4 each (no thanks), Rebus novels by Ian Rankin (that's more like it) as well as books by the likes of Barack Obama or Jeremy Clarkson. ...

Created on Tuesday, 22 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Audio Revision Project at Lochaber High School is a really good example of how learning resources can be provided in alternative formats. The project is a collaboration between Dyslexia Lochaber, who raised the funding and organised some volunteer narrators, and Lochaber High School. Revision...