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Created on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

New iPad courses on offer  - FREE Professional Learning! An Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) delivers courses to build the skills and confidence of educators to use Apple technology inside and outside the classroom. CALL Scotland is a designated Apple RTC and our special interest lies in p...

Created on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Should schools consider investing Pupil Equity Fund money in Assistive Technology and training?  Yes and here is why... Learners with Additional Support Needs have lower achievement than learners who do not have ASN. Use of Assistive Technology can raise "raise achievement in the communit...

Created on Wednesday, 16 August 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

 I must learn more about  inclusive digital technologies and how they can support my students with additional support needs.  Did you say to yourself at some point last year?  Did you get the chance to do it?  Have you started back at school and are reminded straight away ...

Created on Thursday, 20 July 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Microsoft has a new speech recognition plug-in which can be used in Word, Outlook email and Powerpoint. It can even translate your words to different languages which could be a useful practice tool for students with English as an Additional Language. It was easy to download and install Dictation as...

Created on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Dragon Naturally Speaking is high quality speech recognition software for Windows and MacOS. As well as dictating to your computer, you can format text and control the computer. NaturallySpeaking installs on the computer so you don't need an internet connection for it to work. We reco...

Created on Tuesday, 04 July 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Clips is a new Free  iOS app for making and sharing videos with text captions, special effects, graphics and more. It was very easy to create this short captioned video.  Using the camera on your iPhone or iPad, hold the red button to record live video (or use a video clip from your P...

Created on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

The Pupil Equity Fund (worth £120 million) is directly allocated to schools to address the poverty related attainment gap.  To close this identified gap, children and young people from all backgrounds need to be given more opportunities and greater support to succeed in order to achieve e...

Created on Monday, 05 June 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

We have a brand new exciting line up of Professional Learning opportunities for anyone who is working with a person who has Additional Support Needs, a physical, communication or sensory support needs. You will find full details of the  CALL Scotland 2017-18 Professional Learning calendar&...

Created on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

How do we learn about the technology that can support students with Additional Support Needs, disabilities or sensory impairment? There is very little offered in Initial Teacher Education or Post Graduate education programmes  so new teachers, who are familiar with and confident in the use...