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Created on Wednesday, 17 January 2018. Posted by Shirley Lawson

CALL Scotland are hosting two morning seminars to review the use of speech recognition, particularly Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows, for learners with additional support needs in SQA examinations and assessments. Airdrie - 21st February (9:30am - 12:30pm) Aberdeen - 28th February (...

Created on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. Posted by Shirley Lawson

 FREE Seminar: Chromebooks in Examinations, 07 March 2018 (10:00 - 1:00pm), University of Edinburgh. CALL Scotland are working with the SQA to research the potential use of Chromebooks with digital exam papers.  Many local authorities in Scotland are using G Suite Education (previousl...

Created on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted by Shirley Lawson

CALL Scotland's webinars are a valuable opportunity for relevant, practical FREE Professional Learning on the topic of inclusive digtal technologies.  What you learn from these webinars  could enhance your teaching methods and thus increase the learning opportunities for your students ...

Created on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Dictate is a speech recognition add-on for Microsoft Office products. Once installed, you can talk aloud in Word, Outlook Mail and PowerPoint and have your words automatically transcribed into the selected field.  Is it any good and how does it compare to software such as Dragon Naturally Speak...

Created on Monday, 06 November 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

My presentation at last week’s ASN Provision in Education:  Priorities, Potential and the 10-Year strategy was about the assistive and communication technology expertise that CALL Scotland has and shares nationally and how this directly corresponds to the services within scope that have b...

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...