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On December 18, 2012 By Guest
Thanks to Margaret McKay, Inclusion Advisor at RSC Scotland, for this guest blog post.
What would inclusive practice look like for me in my area of work? This solution-focused approach considers these questions in the context of the JISC Techdis Toolkit.
Providing Information in Alternative Formats – Equalities Manager
As Equality Manager you want to [...]Continue reading: Unpacking the Techdis Toolbox – Equalities Manager
On December 10, 2012 By Alistair McNaught
Here’s the challenge…the technology is there, the possibilities are there, but the people with real influence are too passive.
Going by the latest figures available for England, there are around 1.3 million people in the English education system with a print impairment. Getting textbooks in digital format can transform their learning by allowing them to [...]Continue reading: Alternative forrmats…what exactly is the disability?
In the last post we looked at two text-to-speech tools demonstrated in Toolbox – Balabolka and DSpeech. These are great if you need to listen to a document there and then, or quickly create an audio version for later. But what if you want to make something a bit fancier – a podcast, for example?
[...]Continue reading: Free Tools: Audacity
In this post we look at the text-to-speech tools highlighted in the TechDis Toolbox.
Balabolka and DSpeech are two different pieces of text-to-speech software. Their basic functions are similar; both will allow you to open documents, or paste text in, and have it read aloud to you. Both also have portable versions that can [...]Continue reading: Free Tools: Text-to-Speech
TechDis should be behind bars.
Alistair McNaught looks at the evidence and the charges.
Prisons have a disproportionately high number of people with poor literacy often stemming from undiagnosed and unsupported accessibility needs such as dyslexia, learning difficulties, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome etc. If prison education fails to recognise and respond to these underlying accessibility needs [...]Continue reading: TechDis Behind Bars
Since Toolbox launched on 31 May we have been busy adding more resources, trying to make sure it is as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible. We particularly focussed on some of the free and Open Source software that we think can be really useful for learners.
There are short video clips and how-to guides available [...]Continue reading: More Free Tools on Toolbox
Thank you to Margaret McKay from JISC RSC Scotland for this guest blog post.
The In-Folio pilots are now well underway in the five participating colleges.
Borders College, Cardonald College, Cumbernauld College, Dumfries and Galloway College, University of the Highlands and Islands.
Having embarked upon initial training delivered by Margaret McKay of JISC RSC Scotland [...]Continue reading: In-Folio Pilot Underway in Supported Learning Departments in Scottish FE Colleges
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