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Using an iPad to Support Literacy Difficulties in High School

Many high school pupils use an iPad at school and/or at home to access their learning and do revision. For dyslexic pupils, having access to a device to allow them to access resources digitally can make a key difference in their educational outcomes and can boost their self-esteem. And the iPad is an ideal choice because of it's portability and 'cool factor' which encourages those with additional support needs to engage more with the assistive technology they need.

With the appropriate assistive technology in place, pupils with dyslexia in high schools can raise attainment, gain confidence and experience less anxiety. There are many built in accessibility features on iPads as well as additional apps that can address literacy difficulties such as reading, writing, spelling and organisation.

This 90-minute online learning workshop will be led by Shirley Lawson and Craig Mill, CALL's assistive technology development officers. Bring along your iPad and work alongside us as we demonstrate the different assistive features and selected key apps. The workshop will be based on a case study of a high school dyslexic pupil and will clearly demonstrate how using an iPad enhanced their learning opportunities both at school and at home.



6th May 2021
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To understand how the built-in assistive features on an iPad can provide support and increase independence of high school students
  • How and when to use Text to Speech, speech recognition, spellchecking and word prediction to support reading and writing difficulties 
  • To raise awareness of cloud-based OneNote Class notebook which provides literacy support tools and enables teachers to provide discrete feedback and support
  • How to use a OneNote digital notebook to create an organised workspace
  • How to use Immersive Reader and multimedia tools in OneNote to provide students with multiple means of action / expression (Universal Design for Learning teaching model)
  • To understand how technology is a key element of a fully inclusive learning environment 

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • High school class teachers, Support for Learning Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants. 
  • Guidance staff
  • Educational psychologists 
  • 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.

Craig Mill
Assistive Technology Advisor

Probably better known for developing the AccessApps, a suite of portable open source and free learning support tools that can be run from a USB drive.

Craig is also the developer of the awards winning MyStudyBar - a handy tool to support learners with literacy difficulties. Craig is keeping abreast of new developments in technology, particularly technology to help overcome barriers to learning.

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).