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Choosing and Using Text-based AAC Communication Apps on iPad

Assistive Technology can enable candidates with additional support needs to access SQA examinations and assessments independently and effectively. In this 90 minute online learning workshop you will learn how to use technology and Digital Question Papers to support students with additional support needs who have issues with paper-based SQA external examinations and internal assessments.

This online learning workshop will be led by Paul Nisbet who has worked closely with the SQA for many years on the use of assistive technologies in examinations and assessments. It will be an interactive session with opportunities to ask questions and explore solutions for your students.



1st October 2020
University of Edinburgh

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

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What you will learn

  • To identify which candidates would benefit from using technology in examinations and assessments.
  • To explore how technology can support learners with dyslexia or literacy support needs; physical or handwriting challenges; visual impairment; and/or learners with ASD.
  • To explore the use of Windows devices, iPads and Chromebooks for accessing SQA Digital Question Papers and for writing and responding.
  • To discuss the practicalities of organising technology resources and approaches for administering assessment arrangements.
  • To gain an awareness of how to create adapted digital prelims and assessments

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Subject teachers.
  • Support for Learning staff.
  • Technical support staff.
  • SQA coordinators.

Meet your presenter(s)

Paul Nisbet
Engineer and Educational Technologist

Paul is a Senior Research Fellow and has an engineering background. He's involved in CALL's assessment and support service for pupils, with a particular responsibility for access technology for pupils with physical disabilities; and for technology to enable students with dyslexia or literacy difficulties access the curriculum.

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).