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Supporting Your Child's Learning at Home Using Technology

This new online learning course is designed for parents and family members who want to understand more about how technology can support their child's learning. There are so many devices in the hands of children and young people and yet it is not always well known what built in features or which software, apps or extensions could support their learning.

In this workshop, Shirley will run through the basics of what assistive features are built in to the devices that are commonly used in Scottish schools: iPads, Chromebooks and Windows laptops. She will show what is available and how they can be used in a curricular context and how you can support your child to use them for homework and revision.

We will primarily look at assistive technologies to support literacy difficulties but will also touch on features to support autistic children and those with visual impairment. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn first hand about technologies that can help your child work more independently and to boost their self esteem if they have been struggling in class.



8th September 2022
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To learn how your device can read text out loud
  • To learn how to speak into your device and the words appear as text
  • To explore tools for spellchecking
  • To use built in features to clear web clutter and provide line focus
  • To consider the use of word prediction to support spelling difficulties
  • To learn how the use of a OneNote Digital jotter can support organisational skills
  • To understand how technologies are being used in schools and the limitations that may exist

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Parents, learners and families
  • Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants
  • Support for Learning staff
  • ITE and PG students and NQTs

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.

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).