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Raising Attainment for dyscalculic learners (Secondary, FE and HE)

Developmental Dyscalculia (DD) is a specific learning disorder that is characterised by impairments in learning basic arithmetic fact, processing numerical magnitude and performing accurate calculations. Key problem areas include: counting backwards; estimation; mental arithmetic skills and recalling numerical facts.

On this course, we will focus on how the use of assistive technology, in conjunction with good teaching strategies, can be used to support dyscalculic students who are now in high school or in further/higher education. Using online resources, inbuilt features of devices, numeracy apps and software, we will show how technology can be used to help students engage more effectively with mathematical activities, to work more independently, to be supported in exams / assessments and to cope with life situations which involve calculations (e.g. money, timetables, phone numbers).



22nd November 2018
University of Edinburgh

Half-day course
(9:30am - 12:30pm)

What you will learn

  • To recognise the elements of dyscalculia that can be supported with assistive technology
  • To review and evaluate selected appropriate numeracy apps and software
  • To plan the use of technology in digital exams and assessments
  • To demonstrate the ability to effectively introduce and use technology to support learning
  • To challenge the use of technology in your school and think creatively about adopting new practices

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Class teachers/lecturers/tutors in Secondary Schools, Higher and Further Education
  • Support for Learning teachers and Additional Support Needs staff in Secondary Schools, Higher and Further Education
  • Parents and other 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 day

  • Duration: 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Registration: Room 1.20, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.