University of Edinburgh

VI Specialist Technology: Using technology to access the curriculum

Presented on Friday 21 November 2008


This day focussed on making adaptations to text materials that are suitable for use in the primary school, using modern technology. This was an interactive day and use was made of laptops, scanners, etc. The presenter demonstrated techniques on the adaptation and reformatting of a selection of textbooks which are mainly related to language and topic work, including reading books and language workbooks.

Target Audience: Anyone who is involved in the education of primary aged children, especially teachers, additional support workers and parents.

Presenter: Carolyn Clokey, Chartered Teacher and Qualified Teacher of Visual Impairment, Darnley VI Unit, Glasgow
Janis Sugden, Co-ordinator, Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh


10.20 am Introduction Janis Sugden

  • 10.30 am During this mainly practical session participants considered the adaptation and layout of curriculum materials using the facilities of Microsoft word and scanning. The emphasis was on the primary curriculum. Carolyn Clokey
  • 1.30 pm A 'hands-on' opportunity to make and adapt materials to support the pupils that teachers work with (adapting Microsoft word documents: MP3 and Duxbury)

  • 3.30 pm Course Evaluation and Close