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Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

One common challenge facing many learners with additional support needs is that of writing down mathematical and arithmetic working. This can be a real difficulty for learners with handwriting problems, dyspraxia, low muscle tone, dyslexia and dyspraxia, and learners on the autistic spectrum. S...

Created on Friday, 12 September 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

16/7/18: We regret that Hodder Gibson textbooks have been temporarily (we hope) removed from the Database at the request of the publisher, following alleged illegal use. We hope that they will be available again in time for the 2018/19 academic session. Rebecca here in CALL has uploaded another 11 H...

Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Our grateful thanks to Tom Strang and colleagues at TeeJay for providing us with PDFs of their new National 4 and 5 maths textbooks. The CfE Books N4-1, N4-2, N4+ and N5 are now available from the Books for All Scotland Database. The books are PDF files and we have added bookmarks to aid navigati...

Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

For a few years now we have been distributing digital versions of Hodder Gibson textbooks on CD, and the service has become increasingly popular with schools. We're very pleased to say that the publishers have now given us permission to make the books available for download via the Books for ...

Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last week at the CALL Scotland RTC launch I presented a workshop on iPads and Dyslexia, and one of the topics we considered was sharing of learning resources between Windows and iPad. Many teachers use Microsoft Word to create curriculum resources, and so a fundamental question is “h...

Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

A new graphic novel based on the life of John Muir, the Scottish pioneering conservationist was launched by the Scottish Book Trust earlier this month. The novel is written by award-winning author Julia Bertagna and illustrated by Glasgow-based artist William Goldsmith, and free copies are being...

Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Recently there has been renewed interest in the potential of speech recognition for learners with writing and literacy difficulties (partly as a result of the restriction on use of a scribe for assessing writing at National 3/4 Literacy). Dragon NaturallySpeaking is we think the best speech recognit...

Created on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Literacy is a mandatory Unit for all learners at National 3 and 4 and assessment covers the skills of reading, writing, talking and listening. Where reading is being explicitly assessed, the use of human reader is not permitted, and similarly, where writing is being assessed, a scribe cannot be used...

Created on Friday, 07 February 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Text-to-speech is one of the most useful accessibility tools for learners with and also without literacy or access difficulties. Pupils with dyslexia or reading difficulties can use text-to-speech to access digital text; pupils with English as a second language, or with language or learning dif...