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How to Use Technology in Examinations and Assessments for Pupils with ASN

Pupils with Additional Support Needs may require the use of Assistive Technologies to help them fully access the curriculum and to work more independently. If they are using these tools on a daily basis then they will also need to use them in examinations and assessments.

In this course, Paul and Shirley will discuss the needs of pupils in high schools, each with different challenges that impacts their learning. We will look at the technologies that are in place for them at school and also other devices that may be used at home such as tablets and phones. There will be live demonstrations on Windows laptops, iPads and Chromebook of literacy support software, apps and extensions to support reading, writing, spelling and organisational difficulties. We will look at examination papers and answer booklets in Word and pdf formats and look at what technology tools are within the SQA guidelines as part of the Assessment Arrangements.



29th September 2022
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To explore the use of Text to Speech on laptops, iPads and chromebooks to negate the need for human readers.
  • To explore the use of Speech to text on laptops, iPads and chromebooks to negate the need for human scribes.
  • To learn about alternative methods of recording learning such as the use of audio tools.
  • To consider the pros and cons of different devices.
  • To create a OneNote digital notebook to support organisation of revision resources.
  • To understand what assistive tools can support learners with difficulties arising from a range of additional support needs.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Secondary teachers and Pupil Support Assistants
  • Support for Learning staff
  • ITE and PG students and 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).