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Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We've had reports of Co:Writer 6 not working properly on netbook and laptop computers, particularly those running Windows 7. This seems to be a particular problem with the thousands of Toshiba NB250/300/500 machines bought through the Procurement Scotland arrangement. Here's how to solve it for ...

Created on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

I had a call yesterday from a parent who was concerned about her 10 year old son who is dyslexic and dyspraxic. He has been receiving good support from the school staff, particularly with regard to his reading - his mum said that his reading age had been 1.5 years behind but that followed intensiv...

Created on Friday, 17 May 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We have some more new maths textbooks on the Books for All Database.TeeJay Maths Curriculum for Excellence titles We are very grateful to TeeJay Publishers who have kindly provided PDFs of their six new Curriculum for Excellence textbooks: Books 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a and 3b. These cover C...

Created on Friday, 22 March 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Recently I met a learner in first year in secondary school with a physical disability . She doesn't have the strength to hold books and turn pages, and she gets very tired handwriting. After due assessment and consideration of various devices we all concluded that an iPad was most suitable device...

Created on Tuesday, 05 March 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Load2Learn is a database of downloadable accessible textbooks and images that has been set up by RNIB and Dyslexia Action with funding from the Department for Education. It's similar to the Books for All Database (we gave them some input and it's actually hosted by Scran, same as B4A) but when it ...

Created on Friday, 22 February 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

New Guidance SQA have published new guidance documents for schools who intend to use the SQA Digital Question Papers and Digital Answer Booklets in this year's exam diet. They have up to date advice on how to set up computers and software, and revised guidance for candidates: ‘Digital ...

Created on Tuesday, 20 November 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

One very common question we get asked is "what do you recommend for reading out the SQA Digital Question Papers?"    There are several good programs for this such as TextHelp Read and Write Gold, ClaroRead, Co:Writer and Penfriend but if you have no money and you want a nice si...

Created on Friday, 16 November 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Yesterday we hosted a course delivered by the great Ian Bean, on switches and switch-operated technology, and during lunch I gave a short demo of my latest favourite switch-operated toy: a Nerf Havock Fire dart gun. I set this up for the CALL Family Day earlier this year, and it was prett...

Created on Tuesday, 13 November 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Earlier this year eight schools in Scotland participated in a study which asked How does the use of tablet devices (e.g. the iPad) impact on teaching and learning? Given the huge interest in iPads, this is a good question to ask, and even  better to answer! Researchers at the Universit...