Category Archives: Visual Impairment

SMART kapp® board available to trial!

Hello everyone, This morning I flexed my spacial awareness brain muscles as I figured out how to get a brand-spanking new SMART kapp® board into my Ford Fiesta.  Thankfully, I managed it without breaking it, so I’m now able to tell … Continue reading

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A Touchable Universe

Ever heard of ‘haptic technology’? No, I hadn’t either, until recently. When I was invited along to Anarkik3D’s ‘A Touchable Universe’ Project : the potential of haptic technology to improve learning outcomes’ I really didn’t know what to expect.  I … Continue reading

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iOS 8 and its new accessibility features

Many of you will know that Apple released an update to the operating system of its mobile and tablet devices last week: iOS 8.  For schools, this means that anything from iPad 2 and up can be updated to this … Continue reading

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IntoWords App Trial in the City of Edinburgh

I am delighted to tell you that the City of Edinburgh will be running a trial of the iOS app “IntoWords” from now until June 2015. IntoWords is a text-to-speech app, with lots of supportive features such as: It reads … Continue reading

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Twitter for teachers – some tips and useful hashtags

I know that many of you who read this blog will be well-versed in the not-so-mysterious mysteries of twitter, but I also know that some of you have never been on it.  Or been interested in being on it.  Until … Continue reading

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Recording speech – various products and ideas for their use

This is a longer post than usual, so please indulge me! Devices onto which a message can be recorded have myriad uses, and are often inexpensive.  Below I’m going to take you through some of the devices available, although there … Continue reading

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Text-to-speech

Many pupils would benefit from having the text on their computer screen read out to them. There are many programs that will do this for you, but the two easiest ways for Edinburgh staff to make this happen is to … Continue reading

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