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Back to Basics: a Complete Beginners Guide to Using AT to Support Learners with ASN

Do you ever wish you knew more about how technology could support your learners with Additional Support Needs? Not sure where to start with this? This is a very common scenario and with time pressures on everyone, this important aspect of support can be missing.

By popular request, this online learning workshop will go back to the very basics of Assistive Technology and is designed for someone with no experience of it or who feels bamboozled by all the technology terminology and just needs some straight, simple answers! There will be simple step by step guides on how to switch on accessibility settings, how to use assistive features such as Text To Speech (TTS) and speech to text and how to introduce these features to the learners you work with in the same, easy to understand manner.



20th January 2022
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • The rationale for using Assistive Technology for pupils with Additional Support Needs
  • Accessibility features available on iPads, Chromebooks and Windows devices that support literacy difficulties
  • How, when and why to use Text To Speech and speech to text
  • Spelling / grammar support and free word prediction options
  • Personalising settings such as background page colour, fonts, word and line spacing to support reading difficulties
  • Creating audio or video notes for formative feedback
  • OneNote class notebook to support organisation
  • Assistive features within OneNote notebooks to support dyslexic learners

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Primary and Secondary teachers
  • Pupil Support Assistants
  • ITE and PG students
  • NQTs
  • Learners, their families and friends

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).