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November 2020

A communication and assistive technology newsletter

Your monthly roundup for November

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

New Online Professional Learning Calendar (Jan - Jun 2021)

Due to the success of our current online learning workshops focussing on assistive technology to support learners with additional support needs, we are going to continue to deliver Professional Learning online next academic term.


New webinar schedule (January - June 2021) out now!

We have got an excellent line up of new assistive technology webinars for January - June 2021! Our webinars are increasing in popularity as teachers are looking for online Professional Learning opportunities to enhance their knowledge in assistive technology to support pupils with Additional Support Needs.


Using Immersive Reader with Teams

Allan did an online session recently with Dyslexia Scotland's South West branch, looking at the use of Immersive Reader (and other tools) to help learners with dyslexia complete assignments sent to them via Teams. Given the possibility of pupils having to self-isolate at home, or even experiencing another lockdown as a result of Covid-19, they wisely thought it would be useful to find out more about the reading and writing support available in Microsoft Teams.


Bookbug Resources for Eye Gaze Users

For the last couple of years, we've made Eye Gaze accessible versions of the Bookbug books for children and young people who use Grid 3 software.


Training courses

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

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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.

Clinical decision making and AAC for children and young people

A virtual study day, with delivery split over two dates as part of your continuing professional development portfolio. We will explore new research evidence that informs decision-making recommendations and management practices related to symbol communication aid recommendations for children and young people. This event is a collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University, Barnsley Assistive Technology Service and Communication Matters, UK.

Clicker webinars

Come and see Crick Software at a number events.

What we're reading

Insights on the use of assistive technology in educational settings by pupils and students with SEND

Assistive technology (AT) stakeholder reports: Insights on the use of assistive technology in educational settings by pupils and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

GTC Scotland Professional Guides

three new guides for teachers, focusing on Meeting the Needs of Autistic Learners, Meeting the Needs of Dyslexic Learners and Understanding Neurodiversity in the Context of Equality and Inclusive Practice.

GTC Scotland's Teaching Scotland, November 2020

Lots of interesting and useful content on additional support needs.