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9:10am - 9:35am

Mary Wilcox & Andrius Kantakevicius, Claro Software

How ClaroRead helps you Read, Write and Study

Suitable for: Secondary, FE & HE


Students who find reading and writing challenging face a massive barrier to their learning and studying.

Their independence, confidence and productivity is reduced and this can lead to low self-esteem and anxiety.

Claro have software that can help and it is available on any device a student uses.

During this session you will learn about the key features of ClaroRead and how it can be used in the classroom, at home and during exams.

Rachel & Kate Miller, Dyslexia Scotland Young Ambassadors

Spreading positivity about dyslexia and sharing strategies to enable the successful use of technology

Suitable for: Secondary, FE & HE


Rachel and Kate Miller are proud to be dyslexic and are Young Ambassadors for Dyslexia Scotland.

Their aim is to spread positivity about dyslexia and share the strategies that have allowed them to succeed.

Technology has been fundamental in their success and they are looking forward to sharing with you how they have used technology and how that has enabled them to be successful learners.

9:45am - 10:10am

Jim Bowen, Scanning Pens

Strategies for supporting students with reading difficulties using a Reader Pen

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE


In this session, Jim will be exploring how the ExamReader and ReaderPen can help students with reading difficulties such as dyslexia access the curriculum confidently and encourage engagement in the classroom.

He will be looking at how the pens can be used both at school and also for supporting students from home for remote learning.

You will see a live demonstration of the pen in action and get an understanding how powerful and transforming this piece of technology could be.

Joanna Courtney, CALL Scotland

Accessible early reading and writing resources for Clicker and Grid 3 software

Suitable for: Primary, Special Schools, ASN Bases, VI & HI Specialists


In this session you will find out about CALL Scotland's Bookbug early writing resources for Clicker software and apps, as well as eye gaze enabled writing grids for Grid 3 software.

You will also learn about our popular Grid 3 eye gaze accessible versions of the books and our full range of free Bookbug symbol resources.

These ready-made digital resources can be used with the Scottish children's voices 'Andrew' and 'Mairi' and you will be shown how to access them to use with your learners.

10:20am - 10:45am

Andrew Campbell, Texthelp

Supporting students' literacy & learning at school and home with Read&Write

Suitable for: Secondary, FE & HE


In this session Andrew from Texthelp will show you how Texthelp's leading literacy software, Read&Write, can support all students at school and home.

Andrew will be joined by Highland Council Digital Lead for Teaching & Learning, Robert Quigley, who'll explore how Highland Council have navigated the most challenging year for educators and what part Texthelp's software played in their strategy.

Kirsteen Steven, Dedridge Primary School

An introduction to Microsoft Sway to support literacy learning & parental engagement

Suitable for: Primary & Secondary


Microsoft SWAY is part of West Lothian's (and many other authorities) Office 365 package on Glow.

You may think that it is only for using at presentations, but there are many meaningful ways to integrate this into your literacy lessons.

At this session Kirsteen will demonstrate how to put together a SWAY and show how it can support listening and talking, reading and writing in your class.

And she will discuss how it is used for communicating and engaging with parents.

Optional: Bring along your mobile device to scan QR codes.

10:55am - 11:20am

Kerry Vacara & Graeme Innes, Smartbox

Making the most of your Communication device using AAC Grid sets

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE


In this session we will explore a range of Grid Sets that allow a user to communicate across different platforms and increase independence in the classroom and beyond.

We will start by showing you some tips for utilising features in AAC grid sets, then explore apps that can allow the user to do more.

Rachel O'Neill, University of Edinburgh

Teaching Pupils who are deaf in a Pandemic

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE


In this session, Rachel will explore the issues for deaf children of home learning, distance learning and socially distanced face to face learning.

A third of these children have another disability or issue which affects their learning.

Online learning is often inaccessible to deaf children and when they return to school, classrooms with windows and doors open raise new challenges.

Peripatetic teachers of deaf children have had their movements restricted.

We will discuss ways of getting through the next year to support deaf learners, whatever their level of deafness.

11:30am - 11:55am

Sue White & Eleanor Barber, Widgit

Using the new Widgit Symbol set to create bespoke resources for learning

Suitable for: Primary & Secondary


For over 30 years Widgit Symbols have been used by Teachers, SEN Practitioners and parents to support the learning, communication and independence of students of all ages.

The symbols need to reflect the increasingly diverse world we live in today and recognise the huge technological and social developments that have taken place over recent years.

This presentation introduces the new and updated symbol set within InPrint 3 and demonstrates how to make bespoke, learning resources to support a wide range of diverse needs.

Karen Sharkey & Kenny Falconer, Hollybrook Academy, Glasgow

Using Showbie app to enhance learning within a secondary ASN school

Suitable for: Primary & Secondary


Showbie combines all the essential tools for communication, feedback, and assignments into one easy to use app.

We will demonstrate how to use the Showbie app to support teaching and learning in school and during remote learning.

We will share our experiences of working with pupils with ASN and will explain the various features of the app which allows learners of all abilities to understand a task and engage.

12:05pm - 12:30pm

Phil Hackett, Crick

Assisting communication and writing for all pupils using Clicker 8

Suitable for: Primary


In this session Phil will give an overview of Clicker software and apps for Windows, Mac, iPad and Chromebook.

The software and apps provide inclusive literacy support for primary pupils of all ages and abilities.

You will see how this child friendly word processor can increase the confidence of pupils by providing them with speech feedback, a talking spellchecker, word prediction, word banks and audio notes.

Craig Mill, CALL Scotland

CALL Scotland's Inclusive Digital Technology course - Is it for You?

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE


CALL Scotland's Inclusive Digital Technology course, pitched at Masters level (SCQF level 11), is an ideal professional learning course to enhance your knowledge and skills to support learners with additional support needs.

In this session, Craig will give an overview of the IDT course and highlight some of the key themes and issues that the course covers.

12:40pm - 1:05pm

Dave Gilbert, Pretorian

Accessible and Assistive Gaming

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE


Gaming is a big part of many disabled people's lives and its importance should not be underestimated.

It is perhaps easy to dismiss it as frivolous, but for many it provides purpose and can have a profoundly positive effect on their lives, as well as offer them emotional connections and independence.

In this session, Dave Gilbert outlines Pretorian's gaming products and what they do to stay on the forefront of (arguably) the world's biggest, and ever changing, industry.

Claire Harrison, CALL Scotland

What is Tar Heel Gameplay?

Suitable for: Special Schools, ASN bases, Primary & Secondary


In this session Claire will demonstrate how the free website ‘tarheelgameplay.org’ can be used to create motivating and meaningful learning activities for pupils with Complex Additional Support Needs.

With Tar Heel Gameplay any video which has been uploaded to YouTube can be used to create personalised cause & effect and choice making activities. Claire will demonstrate how to make a simple cause and effect video activity and show how to make it accessible for learners who use touch screens, switches and eye gaze. Tar Heel gameplay activities can be tailored for all ages, making it useful tool for those working with older learners who want to create age respectful teaching and learning opportunities.

1:05pm

Exhibitors - Live chat, resources, special offers and demos

2:00pm - 2:25pm

Mark Street, Liberator

LAMP Words for Life and TouchChat AAC vocabulary apps

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE


Both "LAMP Words for Life" and "TouchChat" work identically but they support different vocabularies.

At Liberator we like to promote choice and we know one vocabulary doesn't suit all.

TouchChat is the only app that has exclusive availability to WordPower which is extremely popular in Scotland.

As well as WordPower, we have other vocabularies that are ideal for the emergent communicator as well as individuals with literacy skills.

The LAMP Words for Life vocabulary is typically associated to being used with individuals with autism, LAMP Words for life is used by individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Come along and get the chance to win one of 5 x LAMP Words for Life App R.R.P £249.

Shirley Lawson, CALL Scotland

Why it's important for dyslexic pupils to use technology

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE


Dyslexic pupils can become disengaged with education and suffer from anxiety because accessing the curriculum is too difficult.

In this session, Shirley will demonstrate a range of assistive technologies that can help raise attainment - and confidence - for those with literacy difficulties.

Many of these technologies will be readily available on your school laptops, iPads and Chromebooks - come find out what they are!

2:35pm - 3:00pm

Margo McKay, TalkingMats

Talking Mats apps for communication difficulties & incorporating UNCRC Article 12 into practice

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE


This project, published by the Scottish Government in December 2020, investigated how well practitioners, across three different services, understood and implemented the full obligations of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ('UNCRC')[1].

Practitioners in education, health and a third sector organisation rated themselves using the Laura Lundy model of participation.

They were then trained in a communication technique called Talking Mats.

As well as share the key finding this seminar will demonstrate how to use the updated Talking Mats app in practice.

Rossie Stone, Dekko Comics

Communicating Mental Health Through Comics

Suitable for: Primary, Special Schools and ASN Bases


Dekko Comics are a series of fun comic stories designed to educate through enjoyment.

The Dekko technique is to take on important and often wordy information and transform it into pure entertainment.

Dekko's new Mental Health and Wellbeing comic was created to teach children important information about their mental health.

It is our answer to the legitimate concerns of parents and teachers who are looking for a way to reduce the impact that these strange times are having on children's health and wellbeing.

This comic aims to ensure that children can see how simple these coping skills are, while having fun and learning the importance of managing their emotions in a child-friendly way.

3:10pm - 3:35pm

Lee Chambers, Glean by Sonocent

Glean's note taking support solution to improve students' learning and productivity

Suitable for: HE & FE


Glean is the note taking support solution designed to improve students' learning and productivity.

By taking multimedia notes using our web and mobile app, students have time to focus on active listening in class and a process to review information effectively at their own pace.

In this session, Lee will demo the app and explain how this type of assistive technology can support students in school and in Higher and Further Education.

Kirsty Dunn, Ormiston Primary School

Creating an inclusive learning environment with Google Classroom

Suitable for: Primary & Secondary


In this session, experienced class teacher and digital leader, Kirsty Dunn will demo how she has set up Google Classroom to provide all her pupils with a virtual learning space which they can access in school and at home.

She will highlight the assistive features built in to Google Documents that can support learners with literacy difficulties such as the use of text to speech, speech recognition and spell checking.

You will learn how she uses commenting tools to provide discrete formative feedback and how Google classroom supports pupils with organisational difficulties and helps to increase their levels of independent working.

3:45pm - 4:10pm

Marion Stanton, CandLe Ltd

Emergent & conventional literacy for students with complex needs and/or who needs Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Suitable for: Primary & Secondary


In this session Marion will be talking about the work they have undertaken to create the best of both worlds through our knowledge of the evidence-based 4-Blocks literacy approach with UK approaches to teaching literacy.

They will be sharing numerous resources to support speaking and listening, reading and writing (including our novel approach for students who struggle with traditionally taught phonics).

This presentation is relevant for all ages where there is a need for support with literacy.

Gillian McNeill, CALL Scotland

Personal Communication Passports for learners with complex needs

Suitable for: Primary, Special Schools and ASN Bases


In this session we will explore the benefits of creating Communication Passports for learners with complex needs.

We will explore how they provide a practical, person-centred tool for learners and the team around them, to share key information in a simple, accessible format.

Information such as likes and dislikes, family and friends, advice and practical strategies for supporting communication, eating and drinking, positioning and other needs.

We will cover the rationale for using Communication Passports, as well as the process for creating them, collaborating with parents and other professionals, and different options for printed and digital formats.