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    Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Serendipitously, there are some new assessment exemplars focusing on learners with additional support needs on the National Assessment Resource and the exemplar from Denny High School is relevant to the current discussion regarding appropriate support for learners in assessment of literacy at Nation...

    Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Under Section 96 of the Equality Act, SQA has responsibility to decide what is and is not a ‘reasonable adjustment’ for assessment in the new National Qualifications. From August 2013, SQA have decided that human readers are not to be regarded as a reasonable adjustment when learners ...

    Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    As of August 2013, SQA clarified what is and is not a 'reasonable adjustment'  for learners with disabilities in assessments, and it seems that this has caused a bit of disquiet in some areas of Scottish education. From speaking to practitioners, I believe that there is a general mis...

    Created on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Last week a colleague in a local authority got a quote for a single licence for Acrobat Pro from his Procurement department, for £480.   This is not good use of public money, given that you can get it for £58.58 per licence, plus £20 for the DVD, from Education Scotland (ex...

    Created on Wednesday, 28 September 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    The new Scottish male computer voice is now available for download from CALL's web site. 'Stuart' works with most text-to-speech programs including for example ClaroRead, Co:Writer, PDFaloud, Penfriend, Read and Write Gold and WordTalk. However, if you install Stuart on your computer, you won't ...

    Created on Friday, 23 September 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    A common question we get from staff, parents and students is "Can I use speech recognition software to dictate my answers into the computer in an examination?" and so SQA funded us to spend some time trying to answer this. We've written a report with the results of the tests we've carried out on...

    Created on Monday, 19 September 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    TextHelp, publishers of Read and Write Gold and PDFaloud, have decided that they will no longer sell PDFaloud as a standalone program. Since 2008, Scottish schools have been able to buy a site licence for PDFaloud for £295 from Learning and Teaching Scotland, under a special licencing deal....

    Created on Tuesday, 14 June 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Well the votes are in and we can now reveal that the winner is....... SPA! We emailed samples of six male voices out to people who had downloaded Heather, to key contacts in local authorities, FE colleges and Universities, to ICTSLS, members of SICTDG, members of Augmentative Communication in Pr...

    Created on Wednesday, 30 March 2011. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Adobe have just released new versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Adobe Reader is the free program that most people use for reading PDF files, such as the Hodder Gibson textbooks that we distribute for pupils who cannot read the paper versions, or the SQA digital exam papers. Acrobat Pr...