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Using Communication Technology in the Classroom: Best Practice and Top Resources

Communication Technology (often referred to as Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC) supports individuals with communication support needs, who may be non-verbal, to have a voice. It covers symbols and other printed resources, such as communication boards, through to simple and more complex communication aids such as Big Macks, Go Talks, iPads and other voice output devices.

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff working in education with information on the variety of communication technologies available for a range of learners and to develop their skills in introducing and supporting use in the classroom. We will explore strategies for developing language through modelling and teaching core words and literacy learning through shared reading and assistive technology software/apps. We will demonstrate CALL Scotland's free-to-use resources and discuss practical strategies for creating communication opportunities across the school day and within different curricular areas, both in a group setting and with individual learners.



25th November 2021
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To understand the rationale for using AAC to support communication, participation and learning.
  • To learn about printed communication resources and simple to complex communication aids.
  • To understand best practice for introducing and supporting AAC in the class.
  • To explore CALL Scotland's free resources and other top resources for AAC.
  • To find out about further professional learning and links to other sources of information.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • ASN Teachers, Support for Learning Teachers
  • ITE and PG students, NQTs
  • Special School Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants
  • Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners
  • Speech and Language Therapists

Meet your presenter(s)

Joanna Courtney
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 18 years' experience of working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, spending her first 7 years working in a Special School. She has an Honours degree (BSc) in Speech and Language Pathology from Queen Margaret University and her particular area of interest is enabling peer interaction and group opportunities for people who use AAC.

Gillian McNeill
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Gillian’s specialism is in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, drawn from 25 years working within a regional AAC team in Fife, before joining CALL Scotland in 2011. Through this she has built experience from developing a multi-agency AAC partnership, carrying out assessments, implementing support services, delivering training and contributing to AAC projects. Having worked with people with complex communication support needs of all ages - children and adults - her key area of interest presently, is supporting pupils to access learning and communication, through technology.

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).