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Created on Thursday, 28 November 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

After 9 years and over 230,000 downloads, the Books for All Database will close on 19 February 2020. The new replacement Books for All web site is up and running and so we encourage you to create an account now, and to get into the habit of using the new facility so that you won't be surprised w...

Created on Monday, 25 November 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Have you got something to say about additional support for learning in Scotland? You have a chance to give your views and experiences by taking part in the ASL Review. If you are a parent, carer, teacher, practitioner or learner (or anyone else) you can contact Angela Morgan, who is leading the revi...

Created on Friday, 11 October 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The partnership between CALL and CereProc to develop and licence Scottish Computer voices was recognised on Wednesday night when we won the Design for Diversity category at the 2019  Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards. Paul and Shirley donned their glad rags and received the prize at th...

Created on Monday, 26 August 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

A few weeks ago on August 5th we launched the new Scottish Child Voices for communication aids. The response has been really positive and it's started me thinking that the range of voices available for people that use communication aids is pretty limited, and what we might do to improve matters....

Created on Monday, 05 August 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

From today you can get high quality child and teenage digital voices for use in communication aids and for reading digital information. Download the voices and find out more from our new Scottish Voice website. For communication The new voices have been created by CereProc (makers of Stuart, Heather...

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 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...