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December 2016

CALL Scotland are funded by the Scottish Government

A communication and assistive technology newsletter

Your monthly roundup for December

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at CALL Scotland!

Text to Speech webinar on 11th January 2017

Text to speech software is one of the most useful tools available to support learners with dyslexia / reading and writing difficulties. This webinar will look at some of the useful features available in three free tools for Windows PCs: WordTalk, NaturalReader and Balabolka, Allan will identify situations where you might use each of the different programs and discuss the benefits for dyslexic learners.

Getting back to basics - making the most of keyboard shortcuts

Iím a big fan of keyboard shortcuts, not only do they make computing more efficient and faster, keyboard shortcuts are the key to accessibility offering access to visually impaired and blind users, who might otherwise be unable to use a computer.

Using a mouse more effectively for a pupil with motor difficulties

This week I answered two phone queries from different people about pupils who are having difficulties using a standard mouse. Both pupils are doing media related subjects which require intensive use of the mouse, particularly navigating the mouse, single and double clicking, holding and dragging items etc.

Training courses

At our University of Edinburgh training centre.

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Free webinars

30 minute online workshops delivered to your desktop.

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Upcoming events

Some events for your diary.

Assessment and Support of Students with ASN

Many students require additional support in the classroom to achieve their full potential. The use of technology is vitally important for many struggling learners and therefore every teacher should be aware of what hardware, software, apps and peripheral devices are available to ensure that we are Getting It Right For Every Learner.

Supporting Learners with Dyslexia using Technology

In this half day seminar the CALL Scotland team will be sharing our knowledge and expertise of a wide range of hardware, software and apps that can support dyslexic learners to meet their learning objectives.

What we're reading

Talking in Exams Project Report 2016

The Talking in Exams project ran during the academic session August 2015 to June 2016. The project had five objectives: Create guidance materials for getting started with speech recognition. Build a community of practice where we can share what works and what doesn't. Provide Dragon licences to schools. Support schools to trial speech recognition software. Gather and publish case studies/reports. The project aimed to investigate the use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software for candidates with disabilities or additional support needs, for use in SQA assessments.

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

The Scottish Government has published A Fairer Scotland For Disabled People as a Delivery Plan to 2021 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The document outlines five main ambitions of the Scottish Government for changing the lives of disabled people in Scotland and ensuring that their human rights are realised: Support Services that meet disabled people's needs; Decent incomes and fairer working lives; Places that are accessible for all; Protected rights; Active participation.