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Technology Can Help Raise Attainment for Learners with Dyslexia

by Shirley Lawson

on Wed Aug 21, 2019

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CALL Scotland course,
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19th September, 2019

Choosing and using symbol-based AAC communication apps on iPad

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A recent article in the Scotsman newspaper told the story of 16 year old Callum Glasgow, a dyslexic pupil at Royal High, achieving five grade As in his Higher exams. How did he manage to do all his school work, revision and interim assessments while experiencing reading and writing difficulties?

Pauline Walker, headteacher at Royal High, says,

At our school all of our work is online and accessible through a one-to-one iPad project and the iPads have accessibility modes. They have made sure that young people can remove that barrier all together and get on with learning.

CALL Scotland provide a range of Professional Learning opportunities to help teachers learn how to use technology to support reading, writing, spelling and organisational difficulties. Whether it's iPads, Chromebooks, Windows laptops or a combination of all these devices, we can deliver training which will focus on showing you what is possible with technology to help learners with dyslexia to become more independent and confident and to produce work which reflects their cognitive ability.

Here is an example of 11 year old dyslexic pupil writing about a trip to the zoo.

I went to the zoo. It was fun. 

Same boy, same task, this time using speech recognition technology.

I went to Edinburgh zoo with my friends and it was brilliant fun watching the huge hippopotamus splashing around in the mud puddle.

Using Speech recognition software or an app is just one example of how technology can make writing and spelling much easier for someone with dyslexia thus creating new possibilities for learning and attainment.

We will deliver training in your school or college

This type of training works really well as everyone learns together and we provide laptops and iPads so everyone has a hands on experience. We will create a bespoke course for you and your staff based and pitch it at whatever level of expertise is required. Have a look at our Professional Learning page on our website for details and prices.

Training courses at CALL Scotland

We will be delivering 5 Professional Learning courses over this academic year focussing on different technologies to support learners with dyslexia. Click on the course to find out more details and please get in touch with Shirley Lawson (shirley.lawson@ed.ac.uk) if you are unsure which course would best meet your training needs.

Date: 3
Oct

Supporting dyslexic leaners using iPads (upper Primary / High School)

£60 - Half-day course (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Date: 23
Jan

Technology to support dyslexia and dyscalculia ( Primary age pupils)

£60 - Half-day course (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Date: 30
Jan

Technology to support dyslexia and dyscalculia (Secondary school age students)

£60 - Half-day course (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Date: 7
May

Supporting adults with dyslexia in the workplace using technology

£30 - Online learning (4:00pm - 5:30pm)

Date: 4
Jun

How technology can help your dyslexic child

£60 - Half-day course (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Have a look at our Dyslexia Information pages on our website for more information and ideas on how technology can support your learners. And read some of the Research on the issue too – there is lots of evidence out there to prove what we see in a daily basis.

We can provide all the training you need to help you embed technologies at the heart of an inclusive learning environment.  Get in touch today and let’s get started with some relevant, directly impactful, meaningful Professional Learning!

Contact: Shirley Lawson (shirley.lawson@ed.ac.uk), Professional Learning team, CALL Scotland

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