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Created on Thursday, 19 May 2016. Posted by Paul Nisbet

For Digital Learning Week, we're looking at some examples of Assistive and Communication Technology and today I'm going to offer some reflections on voice output communication aids. In particular, we'll consider some pros and cons of using an iPad for communication, versus a Windows tabl...

Created on Monday, 16 May 2016. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Today is the start of Digital Learning Week, and during the week the CALL team are going to post blogs about how digital technology can be of benefit to learners with additional support needs. In this post, we're going to look at an example of using technology to address physical challenges to a...

Created on Wednesday, 04 May 2016. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last week we launched our new Adapted Digital Assessments website. Digital Question Papers were first introduced in 2008, and there have been quite a few changes and developments since then: phasing out of Standard Grade and Intermediate examinations and the introduction of National 5; the developm...

Created on Friday, 29 January 2016. Posted by Paul Nisbet

On 19th January, Ceitidh, the world's first Scottish Gaelic Computer Voice, was officially launched by Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu. Representatives from the funders (Scottish Government, SQA, Scottish Fundin...

Created on Monday, 30 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

NB: Gaelic version first and then English version below it. Fàilte gu Ceitidh – a’ chiad Guth Gàidhlig airson Coimpiutair! Audio sample of last phrase spoken: Tha a’ chiad Guth Coimpiutair airson Gàidhlig na h-Alba ri fhaighinn a-nise! Chaidh an guth a chrutha...

Created on Friday, 27 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

When you are using speech recognition software, it's important to keep the microphone a consistent distance away from your mouth. One of the best ways of doing that is to use a headset microphone. However, most of the headset mics have got a cable attached which means that you are tethered to yo...

Created on Tuesday, 17 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Technology is replacing the use of readers and scribes in schools - but not quickly enough. Too many learners do not have access to technology or to digital learning resources, and are being taught to rely on staff to read to them or write for them. On Saturday I ran a workshop at the National ...

Created on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Barrington Stoke, who publish excellent books for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers, have released Tints, an app that lets you buy digital versions of some of their titles. Barrington Stoke have not published digital versions of their titles before because they have significant concerns ...

Created on Friday, 09 October 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Earlier this week colleagues commented that the Stuart computer voice pronounces some words incorrectly - "cereal" and "lasagne" were mentioned and sure enough, these words do sound weird. It is possible to change the pronunciation of individual words, and so we are looking ...