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This event took place on the 16th June 2020 and is now closed but you can watch the video archives below.



Welcome to the Conference

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9:10am - 9:25am

Reeza Awoodun, Inspiration

Inspiration 10 mind mapping software to support planning and writing students with specific learning difficulties

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE, and HE

Inspiration Maps is a visual learning tool that can be used on iOS devices to help students with specific learning difficulties brain storm, mind map, plan and take notes, making it ideal for use in class and on field trips where a laptop is less convenient.

Students can import and export documents with Inspiration 9 as well as share files with other apps.

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Gillian McNeill, CALL Scotland

An introduction to iPad apps for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Suitable for: ASN Bases, Primary, Secondary, FE and HE

The focus of this presentation is to demonstrate the range of AAC apps for learners with complex communication support needs, based on the newly updated iPad AAC App Wheel from CALL Scotland.

As well as a walk through the different sections of the Wheel, there will be a brief overview of our top apps in each.

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9:35am - 9:50am

Eilidh McKay, Google

Creating an inclusive digital environment using Google products, Chrome browser and accessibility features.

Suitable for: Secondary, FE, and HE

Come learn about the Google for Education ecosystem which supports the development of Inclusive Digital cultures.

Ben will look at the new baked-in functions of Chrome devices, the Chrome browser, Google Accessibility Android Apps, G Suite for Education and essential third party apps that contribute to the solution.

As well as the functions, we look at how they can be leveraged for all learners, with multi-modal feedback, digital documentation, distance learning and in examinations.

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Tina Voizey, Tobii Dynavox

Boardmaker Activities-to-Go and the future of Boardmaker... introducing Boardmaker7

Suitable for: ASN Bases, Primary, Secondary, FE and HE

Tina will showcase Boardmaker Activities to Go (BA2G): themed, levelled and free PDF activities, games, communication supports and resources.

BA2G is available now but she will give a sneak peek at how it will be expanded including more content and customisable templates within the all new Boardmaker 7 (coming soon).

Whether you are a current Boardmaker Online subscriber or you still dust off the old V6 disk, you won't want to miss this session!

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10:00am - 10:15am

Bob Preston, LexAble

A demonstration of Global Tasks, the new and innovative task management software to support organisational difficulties

Suitable for: Secondary, FE, and HE

New and innovative Global Tasks is specifically designed for students with dyslexia and mental health issues, to emphasise visual elements and break down longs lists into an intuitive overview.

Global Tasks management system can support students with reduced working memory, an inability to focus or to identify the important tasks.

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Phil Hackett, Crick Software

Crick Software - Assisting communication and writing for all pupils using Clicker 8 and Docsplus

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE and HE

An overview of our software and apps for Windows, Apple Mac, iPad and Chromebook.

Clicker 8 software makes it easier than ever before for teachers to provide personalised literacy support across the curriculum.

DocsPlus has support features such as speech feedback, word prediction, a mind-map creator and an innovative Exam Mode.

And Clicker Communicator is the child-friendly AAC app that gives a voice to learners with speech and language difficulties.

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10:25am - 10:40am

Marion Stanton & Becka Kitchin, CandLE

An emergent literacy package, Phonics for All & Leap to Literacy for pupils using AAC

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary

We will be demonstrating how our low-tech Emergent Literacy package works and how it can support teaching literacy to pupils who have complex communication needs and/or rely on Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC).

We will also be showing you our ground-breaking products Phonics for All and Leap to Literacy.

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Dave Gilbert, Pretorian

AACtivity (Primary): a new combined AAC and musical device

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary

Music has long been recognised for its benefits in therapy and for its ability to engage users with learning difficulties.

Despite this, there are relatively few assistive technology devices on the market which provide engaging musical content which can genuinely benefit the user.

Pretorian presents its AACtivity (Primary) and Beamz II (All ages) devices which aim to address this shortfall.

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10:50am - 11:05am

Claire Harrison, CALL Scotland

Curricular iPad Apps for learners with Complex Needs

Suitable for: ASN Bases, Primary and Secondary

The CALL Scotland wheel of apps for learners with Complex Needs provides information on useful apps, grouping them into categories for ease of use.

This session will explore the app wheel with demonstrations of a variety of apps which can support learning across the curriculum.

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Caroline Shepherd, ReadingWise

ReadingWise: an online, differentiated reading intervention to jump start reading

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary

ReadingWise is an evidence based, online reading intervention that jump-starts reading for those who are falling behind.

Learners work through on line lessons personalised to their specific areas of reading difficulty.

Our staff work closely with both primary and secondary schools to ensure that the resources are targeted and implemented in the most effective ways according to evidence from research.

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11:15am - 11:30am

Joanna Courtney, CALL Scotland

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

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary

In this session you will find out about CALL Scotland's NEW Bookbug early writing resources for Clicker 7 and Clicker Sentences and Connect apps.

You will also learn about our NEW Grid 3 eye gaze accessible versions of the books and our 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.

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Beverley and Colin Dean, Special iApps

Special iApps: Literacy apps to support children with ASN

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary

This will be a demonstration of how our apps can be used in an inclusive education classroom environment with children who have additional support needs.

We can help save you time preparing and sharing resources, with home-school communication, assessment and evidence for Personal Learning Plans.

We will be highlighting our award-winning apps Special Words, Special Spelling, Special Sentences and Special Stories.

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11:40am - 11:55am

Lee Chambers, Sonocent

Glean web app: Solving the notetaker's dilemma for students with disabilities

Suitable for: FE and HE

In this webinar Lee will explore Sonocent's new web app Glean and how it solves the note-taker's dilemma.

It has a clean, accessible workspace and creates a distraction-free, stress-free process to help students focus in the moment and then later organise and utilise information to create meaningful notes.

It is a simple solution for students' note-taking needs working online and offline.

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Andrew Campbell, Texthelp

WriQ software and Read & Write Gold: Improving student writing proficiency and providing literacy support tools

Suitable for: Secondary, FE and HE

WriQ is an assessment tool which helps educators easily assess and track student writing whilst providing feedback and motivation directly to students - helping to increase and improve their writing skills.

Read&Write is a literacy toolbar that allows everyone to read, write and express themselves more confidently and independently.

And its friendly literacy features help English Language Learners, as well as people with learning difficulties or requiring dyslexia tools.

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12:05pm - 12:20pm

Shirley Lawson, CALL Scotland

Assistive technology to support dyslexic learners with reading, writing, spelling and organisation

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE and 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!

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Jay Tuck, Smartbox

Grid software for communication on Windows and iPad including using social media, Spotify and phone control

Suitable for: ASN Bases, Primary, Secondary, FE and HE

In this session we will talk about the latest grid sets in Grid for communication and beyond, including several new accessible apps to help users do more.

This will include accessing Facebook, Spotify and to enable phone control.

We will have several different case studies to show examples of how young people with complex needs are using these new grid sets.

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12:30pm - 12:45pm

Keene & Sheraleen Braganza, KAZ Type Limited

KAZ Touch Typing programme: helping dyslexic learners to learn typing skills to support literacy challenges

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE and HE

KAZ's specialised Neurodiverse Touch Typing Software was developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust.

Using a unique and proven Accelerated Teaching method, it teaches typing skills, whilst minimising visual disturbances by means of a unique 'preference screen' - tailoring the course for maximum visibility comfort.

It is suitable for individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD, Tourette's, amongst others.

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Jack Churchill, Scanning Pens

The ReaderPen & ExamReader pen: Helping students reach their potential using this Text to Speech technology

Suitable for: Secondary, FE and HE

The ReaderPen and ExamReader are revolutionary in the assistive technology world.

These portable devices are fast becoming an important part of classroom literacy support in Scotland providing text to speech support for printed materials.

The pen gives students the independence and confidence to access their school work.

The pens can be used in the SQA Exams as an alternative accommodation to a computer reader or reading assistant.

This is a great opportunity to see the ReaderPen and ExamReader in full action and see how they work and how you could implement them in your school/college.

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12:50pm - 1:00pm