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by Allan Wilson

on Fri Nov 11, 2016

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People browsing through posters at conferenceWe've been fairly busy over the past month updating some of our downloadable posters and creating new ones. It is great that people have been finding them not only attractive, but also very useful.

I was at a conference earlier this week where one attendee asked if we employed a graphic artist to create them. I had to explain that the design work is carried out by Rebecca and Craig, who now seem to be in competition with each other to produce new designs. Of course, other members of the CALL team have a major input in terms of the content.

Updated Posters

Wheel of iPad Apps for Dyslexia

First of all, we've updated the two Dyslexia App Wheels, for iPads and for Android devices.

iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties was last updated in October 2016. The main change is the removal of the section on Visual Stress, as the introduction of 'Display Accommodations' in the iOS 10 Accessibility Settings makes the apps in this section redundant. The removal of Visual Stress has allowed us to separate the keyboard apps in Writing Support into a new Keyboards section. SuperKeys, Fleksy and Dyslexia Keyboard have been added to the Keyboards section, while iWordQ and WhiteSmoke have been added to Writing Support. Audible, GoodReader, vBookz, School Writing, Number Line, Clear and Google Keep have all been added to the appropriate section, but Forgetful and iTakeNotes have been removed as they are no longer available.


Wheel of Android Apps for DyslexiaThe 2nd edition of Android Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties was published in October 2016. It keeps the same broad categories, but the following apps have been removed, either because they are no longer available, or because other apps proved significantly more useful for people with reading and writing difficulties: Comic Life, Our Story, My Story Builder, Talk - Text to Voice, Scoop It!, Brain School, Wunderlist for Education. The following apps have been added: Comic Strip pro, Book Writer Free, Kids Story Book Maker Free, Type and Speak, Xodo PDF Reader, KNFB Reader, Livescribe+, Memory Games, Mind Games, Life Reminders.


New Posters

We added three new posters to our collection at the end of October:

Chromebook Apps and Extensions for Learners with Dyslexia

Chromebook Apps poster

Following on from the evident world-wide success of our iPad and Android App Wheels for learners with dyslexia, we have been encouraged to produce a similar poster for ChromeBooks, which have become very popular in the USA and are starting to make inroads into schools in the UK. In view of the distinction between Apps and Extensions in the Chrome operating system, we quickly realised that a 'wheel' would not work, so we opted for a 'wall', with Apps represented by yellow bricks and Extensions by red.

The Apps and Extensions included in the wall are not intended to form a definitive list of the 'best' options, but to give people an idea of what might be worth considering. There are many other apps that could have been included and we will review the contents of the wall at regular intervals to decide whether to add new Apps and Extensions, or to remove others.

We are very grateful for the help of Mike Marotta in producing this poster. Mike has extensive experience of using ChromeBooks with learners in the USA and made many useful suggestions with regard to content.


Are You Meeting Your Legal Requirements for Computer Accessibility?

Legal Requirements poster

The Scottish Government had produced guidance to ensure that learners with additional support needs can access the curriculum.

Some learners require assistive technology to access the curriculum. Without it, they cannot access learning effectively or independently. It is the responsibility of local authorities, schools and staff to provide devices for students who require technology to access the curriculum. Some students only need the device for specific tasks or classes, but others will need a personal device at all times.

This infograph highlights both the government's guidance and provides helpful support, so everyone is meeting their legal requirements.

To complement the 'Requirements for Computer Accessibility' infograph, CALL has developed a poster on Inclusive Learning Resources which provides guidance to ensure that learners with additional support needs can access curriculum materials.

What's New in iOS 10?

What's New in iOS 10 poster

What's new in iOS 10 for learners with literacy difficulties? is a companion to our existing poster on Using the iPad to Support Dyslexia. There are so many new features built into iOS 10 to support reading and writing that we couldn't fit them into the existing poster!

The new features in iOS 10 have the potential to make a big difference for learners with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia and also for those with visual difficulties. They can all be found in 'Settings' and 'Accessibility' and can be used independently or in combination with each other.

With these new built-in tools, the iPad is becoming a truly accessible device for learners with literacy difficulties.


Tags: posters, ipad, android, chromebook, legal requirements

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