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Created on Tuesday, 03 March 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Just before Christmas Mary Matson from Edinburgh and Lothians VTSS transcription team kindly gave us over 15,000 files to add to the database. Rebecca Gow here in CALL, with help from James, a student, have gone through this treasure trove and sorted and edited the files into complete books. Some...

Created on Wednesday, 25 February 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We are pleased to report that we have received funding to work with CereProc to develop and license a Scottish Gaelic computer voice for the Scottish public sector. CereProc are a world-class text-to-speech company based in Edinburgh and the Gaelic voice development is funded by The S...

Created on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

On 31 October the Scottish Government published Guidance on “Planning improvements for disabled pupils’ access to education” which "describes the requirements the Act places on education authorities and schools to work to improve the education of disabled learners and to help ...

Created on Tuesday, 13 January 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Following the incident where a TeeJay book was found available on the internet (see the 7 January blog post), we have modified the wording of the Books for All Database records and we hope that it is clearer and encourages staff to read and understand the terms and conditions. Tom Strang at TeeJa...

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

You may have found that the TeeJay maths PDFs are not on the Books for All database any more. We have temporarily removed them because just before Christmas one of the files appeared on Wikispaces, freely downloadable, and this is not permitted under the agreement we have with TeeJay. We are...

Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Back in 2006 Naomi and Ross Forrester from Speaking Solutions in New Zealand visited us to find out about digital exams. Naomi and Ross are experts in speech recognition and digital tools to support learners with disabilities and difficulties. Since then they have been working with Louise ...

Created on Monday, 15 December 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

New books uploaded to the database from Hodder Gibson are: Higher Human Biology for CFE  Modern Studies Social Issues in the UK National 4 Maths Teacher’s Book, Answers and Assessment Practice  Thanks also to Forbes Smith from East Dunbartonshire for contributing ...

Created on Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Previously if you wanted to create an interactive digital prelim, assessment or other resource with answer boxes on screen, you had to use Adobe Acrobat Pro, which costs around about £60 per license under a special licensing arrangement from Education Scotland. Even though this is a ...

Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

You can now download the 2014 past papers from the SQA Digital Question Papers pages. Since prelim season is almost upon us, these can be useful for class teaching as well as revision, and of course for students to practice using the papers on a computer, iPad or other device. You can a...