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Choosing and Using Text-based AAC Communication Apps on iPad

Chromebooks are popular, affordable, lightweight and quick to 'boot up' laptops. They have a range of built-in accessibility features which can support a learner with additional support needs in upper primary and secondary education settings. Chrome apps and extensions can provide literacy support tools and there are more assistive features that can be employed within G-suite applications.

This 90 minute online learning workshop will be led by Shirley Lawson, CALL's Assistive Technology development officer. It will be an interactive session with opportunities to ask questions about Chromebooks and explore solutions for children and young people with additional support needs such as dyslexia and autism. If you have your own Chromebook, you can try things out during the session.



10th September 2020
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
per person
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

What you will learn

  • To understand how built-in features of the Chromebook can be used to support pupils with literacy difficulties.
  • To be confident in introducing and modelling the use of Chrome accessibility features to pupils to help raise attainment.
  • To explore the use of assistive apps and extensions for text to speech, spell checking, word prediction, speech recognition and screen masking.
  • To create an inclusive learning environment using Chromebooks and G Suite for Education as the core technologies.
  • To explore the features of Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Forms etc that can support a student with literacy and organisational challenges.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Class teachers, Support for Learning Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants.
  • School management team / IT staff involved with implementation of Chromebooks in a school/ workplace setting.
  • ASN Teachers.
  • Parents and family members.

Meet your presenter(s)

Shirley Lawson
Assistive Technology and ASN Officer

I bring my teaching experience into my role at CALL as Development Officer for Assistive Technologies and Additional Support Needs. I lead the CALL Scotland Professional Learning and am focussing on providing a programme of relevant, quality assistive technology training to those working with children and young people with additional support needs and / or disabilities.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Capacity: Maximum of 20 per workshop.
  • Equipment requirements: Either a Windows PC (or laptop), Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.
  • Weblink for online workshop: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.
  • Preparing for the Webinar: To try and ensure the webinar goes as smoothly as possible for you on the day, we've created a very simple 4 point preparation list that you may wish to follow.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.


Course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card.

Card payment: You will recieve an email after your booking from which will contain a payment link.

Invoice: All Authorities are no 'NO PO, NO PAY' so please make arrangements to provide CALL Scotland with a Purchase Order Number from your local authority or school finance system. We will raise an invoice which will be sent directly to your Finance Office.

NB: We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).