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Technology in SQA and Digital Assessments: What Can I Do to Support My Learners?

Identifying the most appropriate additional support in class and for assessments is a crucial task for teachers and staff. As we move away from human readers and scribes there is greater reliance on assistive technology and so it is important that every teacher knows which technology to choose, how it works and how to introduce it to their learners. Equipped with the right technology, learners with additional support needs have the best chance of achieving their full potential and working more independently.

In this workshop Paul will demo software and apps on Windows and iPad for students with additional support needs to use with SQA digital question papers and your own internal assessments. He will compare the built-in accessibility features of the devices with free and low cost apps and more expensive software/apps and give practical tips on making decisions on which to use.

You will be given ideas on how to use cloud-based tools such as OneNote Class Notebook to deliver assessment resources for ‘print disabled' pupils who require a digitised curriculum. Paul will also discuss the Universal Design for Learning framework and show how applications like OneNote with its built-in assistive tools and multimedia options are ideal for all learners.



7th October 2021
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To understand how assistive technology can support learners with additional support needs.
  • To understand what technologies can support students with reading and writing difficulties.
  • To explore digital examination papers and how to use text to speech readers, speech-to-text and spell checking tools.
  • To know how to source and/or create accessible versions of digital question papers.
  • To compare different devices and consider the pros and cons of each.
  • To understand the importance of a digital curriculum for school and home learning for pupils with ASN.
  • To know where to find information, resources and further Professional Learning opportunities.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Teachers, PSAs, ITE and PG students, NQTs
  • Guidance teachers, SQA school reps
  • Parents and other family members
  • Pupils and friends

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).