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January 2017

CALL Scotland are funded by the Scottish Government

A communication and assistive technology newsletter

Your monthly roundup for December

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at CALL Scotland!

New Resources from SENICT

Many of you who work with learners who use switches as an access method will be familiar with Ian Bean, who over the years has produced many fabulous switch accessible activities. I'm sure I only have to mention 'The Dancing Hippo' and you'll find yourself absent-mindedly humming 'In the Jungle'!

Technology and Dyslexia: half day seminar

The CALL Scotland team will be sharing their knowledge and expertise of a wide range of hardware, software and apps that can support dyslexic learners at a half day seminar on 23rd March at the University of Edinburgh.

Claire Harrison joins the CALL Scotland Team

Taking up the post of Development Officer for Assistive Technology and Complex Additional Support Needs. Claire graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1997 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and has spent the last 15 years teaching learners with complex needs in mainstream and special schools throughout England & Scotland.

Training courses

At our University of Edinburgh training centre.

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Free webinars

30 minute online workshops delivered to your desktop.

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Upcoming events

Some events for your diary.

Supporting Learners with Dyslexia using Technology

In this half day seminar the CALL Scotland team will be sharing our knowledge and expertise of a wide range of hardware, software and apps that can support dyslexic learners to meet their learning objectives.

What we're reading

Scottish Teenage Book Prize books

CALL Scotland has produced accessible versions of the 3 shortlisted books for the Scottish Book Trust's Scottish Teenage Book Prize. The accessible versions are available from our Books for All website. The books are available free of charge. Readers and schools can download accessible digital copies of the book(s) they wish to read. The Shortlisted books are: The Last Soldier by Keith Gray Silver Skin by Joan Lennon Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall

Training needs identified as key in UK education technology survey

Shrinking budgets, unmet training needs and outdated equipment are among the headline findings of the 2016 British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) survey of the state of information and communication technology (ICT) in UK schools.