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Using PowerPoint Creatively to Support Learners with ASN

Death by PowerPoint? Not in this workshop! With so many apps and online activities available to support learners with ASN, PowerPoint is often forgotten about as a tool to create fun, colourful and interactive activities at no extra cost. PowerPoint is so much more than a program for creating slides and presentations.

Claire and Craig will demonstrate some nifty tips and hidden tools that you can use in PowerPoint to support a range of learning needs. Prepare to be creative and learn some new skills!



12th May 2022
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • Cause and effect animations
  • Cloze sentences
  • Action buttons to incorporate navigation and interactivity
  • Interactive worksheets - matching and guessing games
  • Live video and annotations
  • Switch accessible talking books
  • Interactive spinners
  • Animated sensory stories
  • Interactive board games
  • High contrast Cause and Effect activities.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

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

Meet your presenter(s)

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.

Claire Harrison
Assistive Technology and Complex Needs Officer

Claire has over 15 years teaching experience in the classroom as a teacher of children and young people with complex needs. Claire joined the CALL team in 2017 as a development officer for assistive technology and complex additional support needs. She is particularly interested in the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills for learners with complex needs.

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).