Family Fun Technology Day 26th April

Run by specialist staff (CALL, FAACT, KEYCOMM, SCTCI, TASSCC and others) and funded by Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, the day is a chance for families of children with additional support needs to try out and learn about the software, hardware and specialised communication technologies that might help support them. If you are a professional you are welcome tocome along with a family you work with.

The day will include: time to chat with experienced staff about technology and software; demonstrations; presentations; ‘hands on’ time with computers and toys; games; snacks; Smart Wheelchair rides; information; prizes and more!

Although the day is free, please book a place if you wish to come, and tell them the ages of the children you are bringing. Call  0131 651 6235 well in advance if you wish to discuss any special arrangements your family may require.

Full information here FamilyDay2014

ICT and Inclusion Day at CALL – June 14

 Coming to  Edinburgh in June 2012 ICT and Inclusion is Scotland’s leading annual exhibition with a focus on the use of ICT to support learners with additional suppport needs. This year’s roadshows are being held at CALL Scotland, University of Edinburgh, 14th June CALL Scotland and BRITE, the organisers of the event, have arranged for up to 25 of the UK’s leading suppliers of software and technology to support students with additional support needs to take part in the exhibition and to give a short presentation on their latest products. 

There will also be short presentations by staff from BRITE, CALL and local schools, colleges and services, illustrating the use of technology to support learning. Equipment and software on display may be of interest to adults with disabilities and the people who support them. It’s Free! The days are free to attend and run from 8.45  until 4 pm. Lunch is provided for people who book in advance.

 There will be a prize draw at the end of each day, with prizes including software, iPad apps and other worthwhile items. Make sure you stay until the end of the day to have a chance to win a prize!

Book online at www.ictandinclusion.org.uk 

 

Which male voice is best?

For a young person using a communication aid, the quality and sound of a computer generated voice is very important.  The ‘Heather’ female voice was developed successfully and was popular for its authentic Scottish accent and tone.  But there was never a suitable male equivalent voice.

After much petitioning and campaigning to address this inequality, Scottish Government have awarded CALL Scotland funding to work with Cereproc to develop a male Scottish Voice, a ‘brother’ for the Heather voice. 

Other purposes for computer generated voice output are:

  • reading  of SQA digital exam papers
  • reading back text composed in Word with WordTalk
  • reading digital books and other materials

CALL Scotland have ‘audition’ pieces from six actors, any one of whom could provide the voice that will be used on computers in schools, colleges and other centres throughout Scotland. They are asking for your help to decide the ‘best’ voice, from which the computer voice will be created.

CALL  have set up a PDF with samples of the voices which you can download from: http://www.thescottishvoice.org.uk/Brother-for-Heather/Assets/Downloads/form.pdf

 Open the PDF with Adobe Reader and then you can click on the different samples to hear the voice. If you want to hear a sample twice, zoom in a bit because the ‘Play’ button is a bit tiny.  Once you have completed the form you can email your comments, and most importantly, score the voices in order of preference to Paul.Nisbet@ed.ac.uk 

Your help is much appreciated.

Family Fun Day at the CALL Centre: March 26

Run by specialist staff, this FREE day is a chance for families of children with ASN to try out and learn about the software, hardware and specialised communication technologies that might help support them.  Professionals are also welcome if they are accompanying a child/family.  Read more details on the website.

Another date for your diary….  15 JUNE…. also at the CALL Centre

Come along to an exhibition of technology to assist students with Additional Support Needs.  Up to 20 of the UK’s leading suppliers of software and assistive technology will be exhibiting and giving short presentations on their latest products.

Books for All Scotland event

Stirling Management Centre, 18 March 2011

Learning and Teaching Scotland, in partnership with CALL Scotland are hosting this learning day.

The purposes of the conference are:

·         to support teachers, early years practitioners and senior managers to improve access to the curriculum for pupils with print disabilities who need print to be in accessible alternative formats.

·         to give strategic managers and practitioners the chance to learn about these developments and discuss how to implement them in their own context to ensure best value

·         to encourage individuals in their authorities to share their learning with colleagues to sustain and expand work in this area.

Significant developments have taken place to make it easier for pupils and teachers to find existing accessible resources, to use them with pupils, to make them if they don’t already exist and to share them under new copyright arrangements. These developments will help authorities and schools to meet their equality and accessibility responsibilities.

LTS plans to involve colleagues from Scottish Government, HMIE, CALL Scotland, SQA, CLA, RNIB and publishers as well as managers and practitioners. This partnership event is aimed at both educational practitioners and strategic personnel.

 To reserve a place at this event please contact Anne Marie Lamont at a.lamont@LTScotland.org.uk.