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Created on Friday, 24 May 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

I have had an occasional interest in Selective Mutism (SM) since before my days at CALL Scotland, when I worked in youth training and we had a trainee who refused to speak to anybody. In his case, it was due to a delay in his voice 'breaking' and the embarrassment of speaking with a high, &#...

Created on Thursday, 18 April 2019. Posted by Shirley Lawson

As a Scottish Government funded organisation with a remit to provide expert advice, information, support and Professional Learning to all teachers across Scotland, we want to come directly to you to ask two questions: What technology training you would like us to provide for you? How would you like...

Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular in Scottish schools, partly because they are relatively easy to manage and also because they turn on very quickly so there's no need to wait for the device to boot up. However, the limited range of built-in voices has been a disadvantage for learners...

Created on Monday, 08 April 2019. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Three senior students, James, Charlie and Daryll, from Saltersgate School in Midlothian have just completed three days of Work Experience with us here at CALL Scotland. We were delighted to be able to offer them this opportunity to be part of our team, to undertake some work tasks and to produce som...

Created on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Posted by Craig Mill

Doorway Online's Text Type 3 is a colourful, engaging and accessible touch typing tutor that takes learners from learning the home keys (a s d f g – h j k l ;) to the familiarity of the whole keyboard.   Doorway Text Type 3 includes a series of exercises that if followed properly, can...

Created on Monday, 18 March 2019. Posted by Craig Mill

MyStudyBar is a suite of free applications assembled into one package to support literacy difficulties. This poster highlights a range of tools in MyStudyBar such as: XMind – a mind mapping tool to help with planning essays and projects. Balabolka – a text-to-speech program which can al...

Created on Monday, 18 March 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

With Learning Tools and Immersive Reader, Microsoft Office 365 has some really good features for supporting reading, but there's some confusion about whether and how you can use the free Scottish computer voices - here's my understanding of the situation. Background We think it's really ...

Created on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted by Claire Harrison

Do you work with learners who love to watch videos on YouTube? The fantastic and free to use Tar Heel Gameplay website offers you a way of creating interactive, accessible games using any YouTube video. This means you can use whichever video most motivates your learner to teach them switch and touch...

Created on Friday, 08 March 2019. Posted by Craig Mill

Next January in 2020 Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows 7. For those local authorities and schools who have not yet updated to Windows 10, there will be an impending need to do so, to avoid potential security risks. Like many others at the time, I liked Windows 7 for its reasonable st...