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February 2022

A communication and assistive technology newsletter

Your newsletter for February

The CALL Scotland team have been working from home as much as possible. If you need to get in touch please phone the main CALL answerphone on 0131 651 6236 or email call.scotland@ed.ac.uk and we will get back to you.

Text to Speech to support reading difficulties

Many pupils with reading difficulties continue to be provided with paper-based resources in the form of books, worksheets and printed materials. These print-disabled pupils are at a disadvantage now because they are not able to access the information on the paper in the same way their peers who have no reading difficulty.


How Immersive Reader could be more inclusive - by speaking our language and with our accents

Microsoft's Immersive Reader and Read Aloud tools provide excellent support for many learners with reading difficulties, visual impairment or other additional support needs. But it doesn't have a Scottish accent voice or a Scottish Gaelic voice. What can be done? Summary


Using Microsoft Word to support learners with Additional Support Needs (ASN)

Small changes can make a big difference! In this new resource 'Using Microsoft Word to support learners with Additional Support Needs (ASN)' a series of short video guides explains how you can make small changes using Microsoft Word’s built-in tools to support learners with literacy difficulties.


Some reflections from the CALL Scotland 2020-2021 Annual Report

'May you live in interesting times' is purported to be a Chinese curse (although there seems very little evidence that it is of Chinese origin) but regardless, the 2020-2021 academic session was certainly interesting and challenging. As 2021 draws to a close, we wish you a peaceful break, grateful thanks to everyone who is working to keep us safe, fed, warm and healthy, and we hope 2022 will be kind to you and perhaps a little less interesting.


Training courses

90 minute Online Learning workshops - £40 per person per workshop.

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Upcoming events

Some events for your diary.

Assistive Technology Speed Date

The TechEd Showcase team are excited to continue with their programme of live events and will be hosting a FREE half-day AT Speed Date event in Glasgow on the 23rd February 2022.

What we're reading

Research relating to the use of Immersive Reader

learn more about the research behind Immersive Reader, one of Microsoft's Learning Tools for inclusive classrooms.