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Talking to Technology: Speech to Text for Learners with ASN

There are a variety of ways to demonstrate your learning and we want to encourage options to be available widely in schools. Speech to text is one of these options and it can be really beneficial for many learners with Additional Support Needs who struggle with typing or handwriting because of physical difficulties, dyslexia, writing or spelling difficulties, or visual impairment.

Speech to text is now built in free to Windows, MacOS, iOS, ChromeOS and Android. Other products such as Dragon Naturally Speaking offer additional features which could help your learners reach their full potential.

This online learning workshop will review the features of each system, consider how they can meet learning needs and discuss how speech recognition can be introduced to your learners in a structured way to optimise their chances of success.



27th January 2022
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • The rationale for introducing Speech to text
  • Compare and contrast different options on a variety of devices
  • Curricular examples of how Speech to text can be used in school and at home
  • How Speech to text can be used in exams to negate the need for a scribe
  • Resources to support the introduction of Speech to text to learners with Additional Support Needs

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)

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.

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).