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Created on Thursday, 25 June 2015. Posted by Craig Mill

A question we are often asked at CALL is “can you get the Scottish voices on the iPad?” Unfortunately, the answer has been a resounding ‘No’. While the Scottish voices are available for Android devices via Google Play, i.e. Cereproc Heather and Stuart (including many ...

Created on Monday, 01 June 2015. Posted by 

New European Union Guidelines The European Union has brought out new Guidelines for Accessible Information. These cover how to make information accessible for learning and covers books, worksheets, video, audio, PowerPoints, PDFs and more. Following the steps set out in the Guidelines should &nbs...

Created on Monday, 25 May 2015. Posted by 

Premiere this week in Riga Latvia – but you saw it first (blink and you will miss it!) CALL had a bit of fun putting together a 1 minute video with closed captions: YouTube version; Downloadable version. Plus accompanying transcript (Word transcript (.doc) and text transcript (...

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 Thursday, 27 November 2014. Posted by Craig Mill

The latest iOS, (iOS 8) for iPhones and iPads, features new Accessibility options as well as a few enhancements to existing tools.   These include: QuickType QuickType is a new context-based word prediction feature for the iPad’s built-in on-screen keyboard. To set up QuickType g...

Created on Friday, 07 February 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Text-to-speech is one of the most useful accessibility tools for learners with and also without literacy or access difficulties. Pupils with dyslexia or reading difficulties can use text-to-speech to access digital text; pupils with English as a second language, or with language or learning dif...

Created on Monday, 14 October 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Earlier this year we were asked by colleagues in ICTSLS (ICT for Support for Learning in Scotland - staff with specific responsibility for ICT and ASN across Scotland) to produce some simple recommendations about basic accessibility software that one would expect to find on computers in schools...

Created on Thursday, 18 October 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Local authority and school ICT services are rightly concerned to protect their systems from abuse, hacking and from viruses, and to protect their users' privacy and security.  In most Scottish schools, learners cannot use their own smartphones or mobile devices to access the intern...

Created on Wednesday, 14 March 2012. Posted by Craig Mill

iPad Accessibility Options iPads have a range of built-in Accessibility options such as text-to-speech (VoiceOver) and screen magnification (Zoom) which are particularly useful for learners with a visual difficulty. For example VoiceOver will read information on the iPad's screen including icons, ...