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    Created on Friday, 27 March 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    PDFescape is a new browser-based PDF editor with the facility to insert form fields (answer boxes). The free service lets you upload a PDF, do simple editing, add form fields, and then download back to your computer. The PDF can then be accessed by learners on computer using for example Ad...

    Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Back in 2006 Naomi and Ross Forrester from Speaking Solutions in New Zealand visited us to find out about digital exams. Naomi and Ross are experts in speech recognition and digital tools to support learners with disabilities and difficulties. Since then they have been working with Louise ...

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

    Previously if you wanted to create an interactive digital prelim, assessment or other resource with answer boxes on screen, you had to use Adobe Acrobat Pro, which costs around about £60 per license under a special licensing arrangement from Education Scotland. Even though this is a ...

    Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    You can now download the 2014 past papers from the SQA Digital Question Papers pages. Since prelim season is almost upon us, these can be useful for class teaching as well as revision, and of course for students to practice using the papers on a computer, iPad or other device. You can a...

    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...

    Created on Monday, 06 January 2014. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    The SQA Question Paper team have added 'answer boxes' to the National 5 specimen papers and these can be downloaded from the SQA Digital Question Paper pages. Feedback from students is that it is much easier to type in answers directly on the paper, than to use a separate digital answer book...

    Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Yesterday a teacher called to ask for advice about using Texthelp's Read and Write Gold with the SQA Digital Question Papers. She had two problems and the suggestions I made may be of interest to others who use Read and Write Gold: The first problem was that the PDF Aloud text-to-spee...

    Created on Monday, 09 December 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    SQA have confirmed that word prediction software is a reasonable adjustment for learners with disabilities for the writing assessment of Literacy at National 3 or 4.  Word predictors analyse text as it is typed on the computer, and try to ‘predict’ the words that the learner is m...

    Created on Monday, 02 December 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Staff often ask whether to use standalone or networked computers in exams, and so we have written a quick guide (below) and also available for download. Exam Profiles for Digital Question Papers In an exam you can either use standalone computers, or you can use machines attached to your school...