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Created on Wednesday, 16 March 2022. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We have been having many discussions with practitioners and parents about the use of technology for learners who require Assessment Arrangements for SQA examinations, and so we are thinking it would be helpful to have some conversations around the subject. If you're interested, sign up...

Created on Friday, 14 January 2022. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Microsoft's Immersive Reader and Read Aloud tools provide excellent support for many learners with reading difficulties, visual impairment or other additional support needs. But it doesn't have a Scottish accent voice or a Scottish Gaelic voice. What can be done? Summary Microsoft Lear...

Created on Tuesday, 14 December 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

'May you live in interesting times' is purported to be a Chinese curse (although there seems very little evidence that it is of Chinese origin) but regardless, the 2020-2021 academic session was certainly interesting and challenging. As 2021 draws to a close, we wish you a peaceful break, gr...

Created on Wednesday, 24 November 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Scottish Government consultation on plans to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and reform Education Scotland (ES) closes this Friday, 26th November. We have just published a report looking at the application of assistive technologies in examinations which raises important issue...

Created on Monday, 08 November 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The second report from the Scottish Government’s International Council of Education Advisors proposes adoption of 'universal design' to create a resilient educational system. What might this mean for learners with additional support needs? The International Council of Education Advise...

Created on Wednesday, 29 September 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

With the announcement that SQA examinations will be held in Spring 2022 if public health advice allows, what does that mean for learners with additional support needs who wish to use technology to access the assessments? SQA examinations in 2022 On August 18th, Scottish Government announced that Na...

Created on Monday, 03 May 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last week a teacher called us to ask how to split up SQA question papers because they need to separate out sections to use in classroom assessments. This blog has some hints and tips. 2021 National Qualifications As we know, this year's National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher awards will be base...

Created on Thursday, 29 April 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Dyslexia Scotland have published an excellent video workshop by Dawn Roberts and Innes Roberts on the use of assistive technology in assessments, and more broadly . The video is well worth a view if you are a teacher, parent or student using digital technology in assessments this term.   D...

Created on Tuesday, 13 April 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

I was sorry to hear about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh and the tributes and coverage really give us a picture of a remarkable person, a strong character and an extraordinary life. He met so many people over the course of his life and so many people will have stories and anecdotes: here's m...