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Supporting Learners with Dyslexia Using Technology

Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 9:30am - 12:30pm

In this half day seminar the CALL Scotland team will be sharing our knowledge and expertise of a wide range of hardware, software and apps that can support dyslexic learners to meet their learning objectives.

The use of assistive technology can help raise attainment for students with additional support needs. There are a wide variety of computers, tablets and devices on the market and all have excellent assistive features that can provide valuable support to dyslexic students who have difficulties reading, writing, spelling or with organisation. There is so much to learn on this subject and even the smallest change to incorporate one element of assistive technology can revolutionise the way a dyslexic learner accesses the curriculum and can dramatically boost their self-esteem.

Cost: £40


What will be covered?

  • Software and apps to support reading and writing difficulties e.g. spellchecking, grammar, text to speech, predictive text, speech recognition
  • Identifying what is the best tool for the task - using the SETT approach
  • Accessibility features of different devices: Windows, iOS, Android, Chromebooks
  • Using the in-built features of the iPad to support dyslexia
  • Creating accessible texts in Microsoft Word
  • Sourcing electronic books and texts
  • Touch typing and computer skills
  • Using audio to support writing and notetaking
  • Using online storage solutions for organisation e.g. One Note, Google Drive
  • Using assistive software for SQA Digital exams

About the day


The seminar starts at 9:30am and finishes at 12:30pm.

Registration is from 9.00am.


  • Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout the afternoon;
  • Selection of biscuits will be available;


Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thomsons Land, University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ