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Created on Tuesday, 09 February 2021. Posted by Shirley Lawson

When  high-quality, sustained professional learning experiences are undertaken, teachers are more likely to inspire pupils and provide high-quality teaching and learning experiences, enabling learners to achieve their best.  In these challenging times, we must ensure that Professional Lear...

Created on Tuesday, 09 February 2021. Posted by Allan Wilson

Back in 2019, I wrote a blog on using different browsers to make web sites easier to read by removing 'clutter', adjusting the appearance of pages and having text read out by a built-in text-to-speech option. This is an update, particularly on the Edge browser. I concluded that Edge "ha...

Created on Monday, 08 February 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

Microsoft Teams is used by many schools across Scotland as a platform for online learning. This tutorial explores a range of built-in tools that can be found in Teams and Windows 10 to support learners with visual difficulties as well as reading and writing difficulties. This tutorial covers: Zoomi...

Created on Monday, 01 February 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

Microsoft Word includes some handy tools to support reading and writing such as Immersive Reader and Dictate. However, for some learners, Word's Ribbon and its numerous Tabs can make it challenging and difficult to navigate and find things. Create your own custom toolbar The video tutorial below...

Created on Thursday, 28 January 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

With schools closed and students learning at home, how can teachers continue to teach with the textbooks purchased for use in class? Can we make copies for students to use at home? Can we distribute textbooks from the Books for All website?   Recently we've seen and heard of colleagues shar...

Created on Tuesday, 26 January 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last Friday a teacher asked if we knew how to read mathematical expressions with Immersive Reader. Here's how it can be done. The question: We are looking for an alternative to PDF for Mathematics papers as we have a number of pupils who rely on use of Immersive Reader. At the moment they are s...

Created on Wednesday, 13 January 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

With the latest version of Books on the iPad you can type into answer boxes on SQA Digital Question Papers. Find out how in this blog. SQA Digital Question papers are PDF files and the question-and-answer papers have 'form fields' for students to type their answers on screen. Previously, you...

Created on Tuesday, 12 January 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

If you have an interest in assistive technology and would like to update your professional development, CALL Scotland, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh School of Professional Learning, will be running the Inclusive Digital Technology (IDT) course in March 2021.  No...

Created on Tuesday, 12 January 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

‘iPad short video guides to support reading and writing’ is a series of quick guides explaining how to use the iPad’s built-in tools to support reading and writing. The guides can also be used on an iPhone. There are 12 videos in total which are organised in a contextual YouTube Pl...