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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...

Created on Monday, 14 December 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

How can we manage and administer digital assessments for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher in 2021? Can we use cloud-based tools such as OneDrive or Google Classroom? Cloud-based administration of assessments A few years ago, most schools and local authorities in Scotland deployed technology ru...

Created on Monday, 14 December 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

All National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher assessments are now going to be assessed by schools and centres internally. What does this involve for learners with disabilities or additional support needs who use technology to access learning? Covid-19 has already had significant impact on teaching, lea...

Created on Friday, 07 August 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The latest version of Predictable 6, the text-based communication app from TherapyBox, can speak with the Scottish adult and child voices Heather, Stuart, Andrew and Mairi. Let's find out how they sound and work. Predictable 6 is a text-based communication aid app for iPad, Android and Windows. ...

Created on Friday, 12 June 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Learners who use technology to read and access text need their textbooks in a digital format - so where can we get digital textbooks? Find out in this blog. Many learners with additional support needs have difficulty with ordinary paper textbooks and learning materials. Perhaps your son or daughter ...