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Created on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Speech recognition has been around for many years, and many people have tried it without much success. It could be made to work, but often involved a lot of training, time and effort. Today though, computers are much more powerful, speech recognition software is much more accurate and reliable, and ...

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

Development Officer - Assistive Technology & Additional Support Needs As a result of recent and upcoming staff changes, we are looking for a person to come and join the CALL team. This post is full-time and fixed-term until 31st March 2017 - although we hope and expect that funding will ...

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

Thanks to Isabell Irvine from Inverclyde for contributing Large Print books in both Word and PDF. The Word files are provided in case staff need to edit them to change the font or font size for example. George's Marvellous Medicine - LP14 Word George's Marvellous Medic...

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

PDFescape is a new browser-based PDF editor with the facility to insert form fields (answer boxes). The free service lets you upload a PDF, do simple editing, add form fields, and then download back to your computer. The PDF can then be accessed by learners on computer using for example Ad...

Created on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We are excited to announce that Bright Red Publishing are the latest Scottish textbook publisher to agree to provide digital copies of their books for the Books for All Database. Bright Red publish Study and Revision Guides for Intermediate, National 5 and Highers and also SQA Past Papers. Over the ...

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...