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Choosing and Using Text-based AAC Communication Apps on iPad

All pupils and teachers in Scotland have access to Office 365 through Glow. It can be accessed from any device, in school or at home as long as you are connected to the internet. Within the Microsoft applications in Office 365 (such as Word Online) there are many assistive features which can fully support a student with reading, writing, spelling and organisational challenges.

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 how to make the most out of the free access to Office 365 and explore solutions for your students with additional support needs. On your own device, you can log into your Office 365 account and try activities out during the session.



5th November 2020
University of Edinburgh

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

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What you will learn

  • To understand how built-in features of Office 365 applications such as Learning Tools and Immersive Reader can be used to support pupils with literacy difficulties.
  • To explore what assistive features can help students with additional support needs such as dyslexia or autism to raise attainment.
  • To explore the use of Office 365 applications for text to speech, spell checking, word prediction, speech recognition and screen masking.
  • To create an inclusive learning environment with Office 365 at the centre, for school and remote learning.
  • To explore the Universal Design for Learning features of OneNote notebook and OneNote Class Notebook which can support all learners.

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 Office 365 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).