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Created on Wednesday, 29 June 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

Microsoft Editor is a built-in spelling and grammar checker available in Word and Word Online. But you can now download it as an extension for the Edge and Chrome browsers.  What is Editor and how does it compare to other online spell checkers? Microsoft Editor uses Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

Created on Friday, 15 April 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

Most modern phones, including Android and iPhones, have good quality cameras for taking close up and distance snaps. A telephoto lens on a phone can be used for capturing information on flyers, posters, and content on the class whiteboard. Using the free app Microsoft Lens, ...

Created on Thursday, 07 April 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

I’m writing this article in response to a query I recently received. I was asked for some advice on reading online news articles for someone with a visual impairment and struggles using a mouse. They had tried using the free Natural Reader (a text-to-speech tool) but the process of s...

Created on Thursday, 31 March 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

A question we often get asked at CALL is about converting paper or printed worksheets to digital format that can be read aloud using text-to-speech by a device such as an iPad or Android. Digital readable formats can be helpful to learners who have literacy difficulties, who are print disa...

Created on Thursday, 24 March 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

It’s life Jim, but not as we know it, so goes Spock’s famous Star Trek phrase (and song). But for the purpose of this blog, I’m referring to a text reader, but not a text reader as we know it! While preparing for a recent workshop on using ‘Technology to Support Learners with...

Created on Thursday, 24 March 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

I’m a touch-typist but I’m forever making typos (and the odd genuine spelling mistake) so I find spell checkers invaluable. Online spell checkers such as Grammarly and Ginger claim to use artificial intelligence (AI) to check spelling and grammar and offer alternative suggestions to mist...

Created on Friday, 14 January 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

Small changes can make a big difference! In this new resource 'Using Microsoft Word to support learners with Additional Support Needs (ASN)' a series of short video guides explains how you can make small changes using Microsoft Word’s built-in tools to support learners with literacy di...

Created on Friday, 05 November 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

I’ve had a few queries recently asking how to make PowerPoint accessible, particularly for learners with a visual impairment who use a screen reader. We have lots of resources on making Word accessible for example the YouTube video playlist on 'Creating Accessible Documents' and the po...

Created on Friday, 05 November 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

If so, then look no further. CALL Scotland, in partnership with Edinburgh University’s School of Professional Learning, will be running a 10-week introductory course, starting in February 2022 on technology to support additional support needs in education. The focus of the course will highligh...