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How can technology support your learning?

How can technology support your learning?

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If you need additional support with your learning, there may be technology available that could help.

When we use the term ‘technology’, it usually means devices, software or equipment that can be used to help you with your learning. For example, an iPad can help pupils with dyslexia to make mindmaps.

Technology could support your learning by helping you:

  • Communicate in school
  • See or read your school work
  • Make notes in class
  • Remember information
  • Hear what is being said in class
  • Work by yourself
  • Sit exams.

How do I ask about technology to help me with my learning? 

  • Speak to your class teacher or the person who is responsible for you support at school.  
  • If you have a support plan, ask to talk about the use of technology at your next planning meeting.  
  • Share with your school any ideas you have about technology that could help you with your learning.
An image of the CALL Scotland logo which consists of the word 'CALL' in dark blue and 'Scotland' below it in red.

CALL Scotland help children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning created by their environment.

Here are some of the ways they can help:

  • You can borrow special equipment from their ‘equipment bank’ to help you with your learning. They can offer advice about what could help and how to use it. 
  • If your support needs makes it harder for you to access standard exam papers, CALL Scotland have SQA exam papers in a digital format.
  • If you have difficulty reading ordinary print books, you can download lots of books and learning resources in accessible, alternative formats.
  • Find out more about how to use a text reader to read aloud things like emails, exam papers and homework and where to find one.  
  • ‘Scottish Digital Voices’ allows you to read and listen to electronic books and resources spoken with a Scottish accent. The different voices include adults, children, men and women to choose from. 

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