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Making the most of Word and Word Online's built-in tools to support learners with literacy difficulties


21st September, 2023 (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

£30 per individual.

60 minute Online Learning workshop.

Do you have learners with Additional Support Needs using Microsoft Word or Word Online for reading and writing activities?

In this workshop, Craig Mill, an experienced Assistive Technologist and creator of many of CALL Scotland's excellent posters and videos will explain and demonstrate how to make small and simple adjustments within Word and Word Online that are often overlooked and can support a range of literacy difficulties.

Small changes can make a big difference! The workshop will be an eye opener to all the assistive tools which exist within Word and Word Online and need no further purchase of equipment, software or apps. Craig will also signpost you to a range of supporting resources including a playlist of videos and illustrated articles with tutorials and much more.

This course was held on the 21st September, 2023 but you can still purchase a recording of the session.
You'll also receive all the resources that were sent out with the course.

What you will learn

  • The rationale for using assistive technologies for learners with ASN
  • How to personalise font styles and background colours
  • How to save as a Word Template to retain custom settings
  • How to use Editor tools to provide grammar and spelling support
  • How to use 'Show Text Suggestions as I Type' for Word Prediction
  • How to use Text-to-speech (Read Aloud) and Speech-to-Text (Dictate) tools in Word
  • An overview and comparison of Immersive Reader in the Word app and Word Online
  • How to create a custom toolbar in Word
  • How to use the Word app on an iPad

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Upper Primary and Secondary Teachers
  • Support for Learning Teachers
  • Pupil Support Assistants
  • Dyslexic learners and families

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.

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