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Apps wheel

CALL Scotland has produced a ‘wheel’ of apps for dyslexia learners and users who have reading and writing difficulties, as an A3 poster. You can see or down-load the poster as a PDF file. Note that all the app titles … Continue reading

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Mobile technology

Kevin Brunton has revised our page about Mobile Technology. It is good that there are now so many mainstream devices that support dyslexic users. Recent research suggests that dyslexic people find reading easier on iPods etc. It is logical that … Continue reading

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Samples for TTS

A new page, Writing for TTS, gives details of ways for you to make text easier for listening with Text to Speech software. It starts with a 10-point list published in B.D.A. Dyslexia Contact magazine, September 2013. Then there is … Continue reading

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TTS exam update

Malcolm Litten has written an update article about dyslexic pupils using text to speech in GCSE English examinations. Malcolm relates the experiences of four schools, and urges all schools to take up this option for dyslexic pupils who are entitled … Continue reading

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Dyslexic use of an iPad

A teacher reports on senco-forum: A sixth former uses her i-Pad (everyone in Year 12 was given one by the school) to take a photo of the whiteboard in lessons when the teacher has finished writing on it. Then she … Continue reading

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DSA consultation

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) issued a consultation about targeted support in Higher Education, mainly the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) The deadline was 31 May 2013. The New Technologies Committee sent a response about the hardware, software … Continue reading

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Music A.T.

B.D.A. book “Music, other Performing Arts and Dyslexia” has many examples of assistive technology for music. We have put brief details of software, including apps, in a new page, Music Technology. B.D.A. web has general information about music and dyslexia, … Continue reading

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A.T. in Isle of Man schools

Sight and Sound Technology to Support Isle of Man School Literacy Initiative. The initiative, which is jointly funded by The Department of Education and Children (EDC) and The Department of Economic Development (DED) of the Isle of Man Government, aims … Continue reading

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Greg Brooks’ scheme update

The Dyslexia SpLD Trust has published the fourth edition of “What Works for Pupils with Literacy Difficulties? The Effectiveness of Intervention Schemes” by Greg Brooks. It provides information on research evidence for successful intervention schemes for children who struggle with … Continue reading

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Free ‘Speak’ for Office

CALL Scotland has written a guide to a well-hidden free Text to Speech facility in Microsoft Office 2010. It can speak selected text in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Anyone who wants to listen to a lot is likely to … Continue reading

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Load2Learn webinar

The Load2Learn project by Dyslexia Action and the R.N.I.B., now joined by Dolphin Computer Access, and supported by the Department of Education, hosted a free online webinar at 7pm on Thursday 21 February 2013. For school staff, who are helping … Continue reading

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B.D.A. new books

The British Dyslexia Association has published 11 books. PDF files are available for purchasers of the printed versions. Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide (19.95) You can buy ten of the books as a set: BDA Set of Ten Books … Continue reading

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Mind-maps

Mindmapping is a tool which helps some visual dyslexic individuals to organise their ideas. Jottings, with images if wanted, can be displayed as a mind map or concept map and converted to a text outline. This can be developed into … Continue reading

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Free Resources

We have completely revised our Freeware Products page. The items are a small selection of the vast range of available applications, mainly Windows-based rather than Android or Apple Apps, or interactive programs. There are suggestions for: 1. Portable USB Pen … Continue reading

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iPad help

Craig Mills and his colleagues from CALL Scotland have written and published an iPad book to support learners and users with additional support needs: iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL). The book is free to download as a … Continue reading

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Ghotit for Mac

Ghotit Real-Writer, is a very simple editor with most basic functions and big buttons. It includes text-to-speech and word-prediction, and corrects spelling, grammar and punctuation as in Ghotit for Windows. System requirements are Mac OS X 10.5 and higher with … Continue reading

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I.C.T. book review

Brilliant Ideas for Using I.C.T. in the Inclusive Classroom by Sally McKeown and Angela McGlashon. A David Fulton book published by Routledge ISBN 978-0-415-67254-2. £22.99. Available from SEN Books. Sally McKeown and Angela McGlashon have produced a book that will … Continue reading

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Computers in schools.

.. what is happening now? By Di Hillage, Chairman, BDANTC. About thirty years ago the first computers started to appear in schools. Teachers looked for ways in which these new devices might help to teach their subjects. Many pupils became … Continue reading

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Letter-spacing

A new free App allows users to find out whether increasing the space between letters in text makes reading easier. Research suggests this may be helpful for dyslexic readers. The evidence is based on a study using Times New Roman, … Continue reading

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B.D.A. Technology Conference

In November 2011, B.D.A. held a Dyslexia and Technology conference, with speakers, and workshops by publishers. An attendee, Lorna Knight, has written some thoughtful comments on the presentations, for Oxford Ed Tech blog. Reflections on Assistive Technology from the Dyslexia … Continue reading

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