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Created on Sunday, 20 January 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Are you unable to run your usual Windows programs (e.g. Clicker 7) on your new Windows 10 laptop or Surface Go? It may be because they are set up with Windows 10 S, rather than Windows 10 Pro. Here's how to fix it. Yesterday I met a teacher who said Clicker 7 didn't work on their new Windows...

Created on Thursday, 13 December 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Many students have difficulty writing and recording maths and science expressions due to difficulties with handwriting or drawing. Can they use technology in examinations and assessments to overcome these difficulties and demonstrate their abilities? ('Yes' I hope is the answer - I wouldn...

Created on Thursday, 13 December 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

At the 2018 Digital Question Paper Focus Group meeting colleagues from SQA confirmed that computer readers could be used by candidates in Modern Language examinations. So, given that most schools use Windows computers in examinations, where can we get Windows computer voices for accessing, for examp...

Created on Wednesday, 05 December 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

On October 31st CALL hosted the annual Digital Question Papers Focus group meeting to discuss the use of technology as Assessment Arrangements in SQA examinations. The morning was attended by approximately 60 staff from schools, with colleagues from SQA and CALL, and as usual it was a stimulating an...

Created on Friday, 24 August 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Predictable 5 is a text-based AAC app, which can also now speak with a Scottish accent courtesy of CereProc's Heather and Stuart voices! Predictable is a text-based AAC app for iPad and iPhone from Therapy Box, with word prediction, message and phrase storage, a range of keyboards, and switch a...

Created on Friday, 24 August 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We are very pleased that Scottish computer voices from CereProc are now available free of charge for Grid 3 and Grid for iPad! It's particularly positive news for guys (loons?), because a male Scottish voice was not available for symbol-based AAC apps until now. Grid 3 for Windows and Grid for i...

Created on Thursday, 23 August 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We are sorry to post that Hodder Gibson have asked us to remove their textbooks from the Books for All Scotland Database following allegations of illegal use of their files downloaded from the Database. Hodder Gibson provided PDFs of their textbooks to us so that learners with print disabilities, wh...

Created on Wednesday, 07 March 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

At a Crick 'Ask the Expert' webinar on 6/3/18, Dr Abi James drew attention to research undertaken at Runshaw College, a sixth form and FE College in England, on the use of technology in examinations. The research has found that the majority of students preferred to use a computer reader comp...

Created on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We have been asked to participate in an international research project looking at the accessibility of the PISA online assessments. We are looking for ten students in Scotland aged 15, who use Assistive Technology, to evaluate an online PISA science assessment, and tell us what they think. If you ar...