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December 2018

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A communication and assistive technology newsletter

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Writing maths on computers in assessments

Many students have difficulty writing and recording maths and science expressions due to difficulties with handwriting or drawing. Can they use technology in examinations and assessments to overcome these difficulties and demonstrate their abilities?

Free Modern Language Computer Voices

At the 2018 Digital Question Paper Focus Group meeting colleagues from SQA confirmed that computer readers could be used by candidates in Modern Language examinations. So, given that most schools use Windows computers in examinations, where can we get Windows computer voices for accessing, for example, French, Spanish, German or Italian question papers?

SQA Digital Question Papers Focus Group 2018

On October 31st CALL hosted the annual Digital Question Papers Focus group meeting to discuss the use of technology as Assessment Arrangements in SQA examinations. The morning was attended by approximately 60 staff from schools, with colleagues from SQA and CALL, and as usual it was a stimulating and thought-provoking discussion. Some musings, particularly now that prelim season is starting...

New Symbols for All Website launched!

Printable PDFs of symbolised curricular resources for inclusive learning and teaching. Created and maintained by CALL Scotland, Symbols for All provides teaching resources in an accessible format for learners with additional support needs.

Training courses

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Upcoming events

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Getting Started with Snap+Core First - Edinburgh

A hands-on training course taking you through everything you need to get started in using Snap + Core First…from setup to implementation.

Shine a Light Awards 2019

searching for outstanding schools, teams, young people and individuals in the UK who champion innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development. Enter or nominate today!

What we're reading

The National Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Core Pathway

A National Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Core Pathway for both people who use AAC, and services which provide AAC, to support the implementation of Part 4 - Communication Equipment and Support in using that equipment of the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016.

Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Levels 2017/18

These statistics are currently being developed and have been published to involve users and stakeholders in their development, and to build in quality and understanding at an early stage.