Category: Additional Support Need

Making the most of Microsoft Lens to support learning and teaching

Microsoft Office Lens (or Office Lens, or Microsoft Lens) is a versatile digital tool which can be helpful in many situations in an educational context. A teacher may wish to quickly grab the text from a page of a printed document to edit, to annotate and to share with a class. Office Lens can do …

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Making the most of Microsoft Edge web browser in education

Microsoft Edge web browser has a number of features which make it useful in an educational context. So if you’re not yet using it you might want to have a look, and if you are already using it you may find it worthwhile to explore some of the features you may have yet to discover! …

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Primary Class Starting with Microsoft Teams? Now what?

So you have just started using Microsoft Teams with your primary school class – now what? Microsoft Teams can be described as an all-in-one Swiss-Army-Knife online digital tool – with facility for classroom conversations, shared space for collaborative Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, assignments tool for easily setting tasks for individuals, groups or the …

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Dictation Tools for Unlocking Creativity

We can usually speak far more quickly than we can type, so being able to get ideas on screen can be time-consuming. And we can also lose the flow of what we are thinking if the mechanics of typing get in the way. So being able to speak naturally as the text then appears on …

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Microsoft Learning Tools with Immersive Reader

Learning Tools with Immersive Reader provide users of Microsoft Office 365 (including Word and OneNote) with a range of tools to support learners with varying needs, making reading and writing more accessible for any learner. This is available to all Glow users in Scottish schools. Have a look at the Sway presentation here to see …

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Movenote – share your voice, video, presentation and annotations

Movenote is a neat free tool for combining on one screen a video (which can be of the the presenter, or video of anything else being viewed from a webcam or mobile device) along with a presentation (which can be a document or images or other files), and any annotations added as the presentation is being created. …

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Screencasting for Providing Pupil Feedback on Writing using a Video and Audio Screen Capture Tool

Often, when pupils undertake a piece of writing, a teacher will provide feedback to the pupil. This can take the form of face to face feedback by way of a conversation between the teacher and pupil concerned. Or it can be written comments added to the piece of work by the teacher. It may be that …

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Why should a prospective employer pick you? World of Work Resume Generators

Resume Generator on the Read Write Think website is an interactive tool to guide pupils in writing a resume or CV in a choice of styles. It can be used as a writing tool in a literacy lesson to give practice in writing in this particular genre, or for a real purpose – perhaps for pupils …

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Handling the Information – Databases in the Primary Classroom

Handling the Information – using Databases in the Primary Classroom.  In this information age being able to use a database is an essential skill.  Databases are all around us and being able to use them effectively is seen as an essential skill for pupils.  The task for the teacher is finding age-appropriate databases  and contexts which will appeal to …

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Hear the text of Word documents spoken with WordTalk

Wordtalk http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/Home/ A Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word, free for Scottish schools. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-to-mp3 converter. Click on this link to see Wordtalk in action (using the Scottish “Stuart” voice) Stuart speaking text from …

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