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Created on Tuesday, 06 April 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) AT Connected event is one of the largest and most varied conferences focussing on assistive technology and this year it was an online event held from January 25th to February 4th 2021. I was fortunate to be offered one of 24 AT Scholarships to att...

Created on Thursday, 11 March 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

2021 examinations have been cancelled and teachers and lecturers are devising their own assessments to gather evidence of attainment. We have updated pages on the Digital Assessments web site with information and advice and some downloadable templates to help practitioners create accessible assessme...

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 Thursday, 07 January 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Digital Assessments must be accessible to all learners including students with disabilities or additional support needs. In this blog we explore what this means and how to create accessible assessments. More students in more schools and local authorities are being provided with personal devices, and...

Created on Wednesday, 06 January 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

On Monday the First Minister announced that schools would only be open for children of key workers and vulnerable children for January. In many schools, January is 'prelim month', so how can prelims or assessments be undertaken when most learners are at home? Summary The main points put forw...

Created on Wednesday, 16 December 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Modern digital devices all offer free, built-in speech-to-text or computer dictation tools. Can learners with disabilities or additional support needs use these tools for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher assessments?  Over the past few weeks several teachers have contacted us asking about...

Created on Tuesday, 15 December 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Which digital formats should we use for our internal National 5, Higher and Advanced higher assessments?  In this blog, we explore some options for creating and administering internal assessments for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. This is quite a long post so I encourage you to read th...