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Created on Tuesday, 22 September 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

If you are working with learners who have difficulty writing or spelling, you need to learn about speech recognition. Speech recognition software is now much, much better that it was in the past, and it's also built in free to mobiles and tablets. If you've tried it before but not had much s...

Created on Tuesday, 08 September 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

As is often the case with projects, there has been a bit of slippage in the development timetable of the Scottish Gàidhlig computer voice. Three quarters of the recording are complete, the first 'build' has been created by CereProc, and the recording should be finished by the end o...

Created on Monday, 20 July 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

It seems that IVONA MiniReader, the free text reader we liked for reading digital exams, is no longer available for download. I've therefore spent the afternoon reminding myself of some alternatives - and thanks to Abi James and Jean Hutchins of the BDA Technology group for sharing som...

Created on Thursday, 02 July 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

BrightRed National 4 and Higher Study Guides are now available on the Books for All Database! We are very grateful to John MacPherson and the team at BrightRed for giving us permission to make these files available to learners with print disabilities across Scotland.  The books are PDFs th...

Created on Monday, 29 June 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Thanks once more to Marie Lawson in Shetland who has contributed New Maths in Action 32 in 18 point Large Print - all 629 pages of it!  This adds to Large Print versions of the 11, 12, 21, 22 and 31 books that Marie has already provided to the database.  Mari...

Created on Friday, 26 June 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Rebecca has been continuing her Herculean task of checking, adapting and uploading books (kindly provided by VTSS in Edinburgh) to the Books for All Scotland Database. The latest batch are 83 books for English, including novels such as Charlotte's Web and Ezio Trot, books from reading schemes su...

Created on Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

£1.5m is now available for schools and clusters to help reduce barriers to learning for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes learners with additional support needs.  The fund aims to help enhance a school's capacity to: address barriers to learning caused by...

Created on Friday, 01 May 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We have uploaded another 96 books kindly contributed by Mary Matson at VTSS in Edinburgh to the Books for All Database. Some are scanned copies and some are Large Print. There are too many to list here, but you can see the full inventory on the news section on the front page of the databas...

Created on Tuesday, 28 April 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Best wishes to all learners, parents/carers, teachers, assistants and SQA staff for the 2015 SQA exams which start today! The timetables starts with Drama this morning, Economics this afternoon, and runs until Friday June 5, finishing with High Early Education and Childcare. According to t...