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Professional DevelopmentAssist-I.T. has an excellent reputation for tailor-made in-house training courses.

Assist-I.T. has an excellent reputation and a proven track record for delivering in-house courses to schools, colleges and libraries as well as the public and charitable sectors.

As part of our training services, Assist I.T. provides laptops specifically dedicated for training purposes.

This means that you get access to a range of assistive technologies in your school, college or learning centre without having to worry about installing software on secure networks or computers.

Career Professional Development (CPD) : Solutions for Schools

CPD training

CPD is relevant to all teachers. It is about making progress in the teaching profession, increasing teachers' skills, knowledge and understanding.

At Assist-I.T. we offer a range of innovative and exciting CPD training courses to enhance ICT skills with particular emphasis on additional support needs.

Training courses can be tailor-made to suit the CPD requirements of your organisation. We have delivered training to Learning and Teaching Scotland, schools and colleges throughout Scotland as well as training to the voluntary and charitable sectors.

Our new CPD online courses will soon be available - for more information select this link

To arrange a training session please get in touch via email or phone: 0771 704 2670.

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Creating E-Portfolios

Mobile phone with videoYoung people are increasingly engaging with a range of new multimedia technologies to communicate and for entertainment. Portable devices such as mobile phones with high resolution images and video as well as MySpace and YouTube are just some of examples.

This provides schools and educators with a great opportunity to use this medium as innovative learning and teaching tools.

Using free programs such as Microsoft's Movie Maker, Photostory 3, Producer, along with Audacity and Google's Picassa, it is possible to create quality interactive and engaging learning resources, for example, Blogs, Podcasts and digital or e-portfolios.

Completed work can be saved to a portable device such as a mobile phone or digital player such as an iPod; uploaded to a Blog, or saved to a CD.

E-portfolios provide a new way for young people to promote themselves using digital technology while at the same time develop new skills.

Select this link to view an example of an e-portfolio

Visit the e-portfolio section

A trip to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides

Ellis trip to LewisTrip to Lewis - a digital portfolio which explores a trip made from Ulapool in North West coast of Scotland to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

This clip was compiled and edited by Ellis, a 2nd year pupil. The video clip can easily be imported into MS Word or PowerPoint to produce a colourful and intersting historical account of holidays - great for class projects!

Click this link to view the video clip

Digital Portfolios using Microsoft Producer

An example of an e-portfolio is using Microsoft Producer, a free 'add-in' for PowerPoint.

Slides can be synchronised with video providing and interesting and accessible way of communicating the skills, interests of young people in a professional manner.

Video clips can also be incorporated into a Word document - bringing a C.V. to life!

This is an innovative and exciting course which develops skills in video editing, digital photo editing and audio mixing.

Example of an e-portfolio using Microsoft Producer

Example of an e-portfolio using PhotoStory 3

Example of Podcasts being used as a way of improving communication skills in a school

E-Portfolio Software Tools

Microsoft Movie Maker

Microsoft PhotoStory

Microsoft Producer


Google Picassa

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Creating Accessible and Inclusive Learning Objects

Did you know that you can make PowerPoint presentations accessible for users who use a switch access input system? Do you know how to make properly structured and formatted Word documents for learners who use screen reading software?

This course provides a great opportunity to find out about the 'hidden secrets' of MS Office and to create accessible and inclusive learning objects to meet the diverse needs of your learners.

Download an example of a switch accessible interactive PowerPoint resource. (Will only work with PowerPoint XP, 2003 and 2007)

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Clicker 5

Clicker 5Clicker is a powerful, easy-to-use writing support and multimedia tool, which enables you to write with whole words, phrases or pictures. It has won five BETT Awards, the 'Oscars' of British Educational Software - as voted for by teachers. It can be used to support any area of the curriculum.

Assist-I.T. can provide on-site in-service training on Clicker 5.


To find out more about our training services and competitive prices contact Assist-I.T.

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SoloSOLO combines all the proven, industry-standard interventions from Don Johnston Incorporated - Co:Writer, Draft:Builder, and Write:OutLoud - and introduces Read:OutLoud!

One completely integrated solution to differentiate instruction and assist in the learning process, SOLO helps teachers present grade-level curriculum to students of differing abilities with guided support for reading comprehension and structured models for writing.

Assist-I.T. can provide on-site in-service training on SOLO..

To find out more about our training services and competitive prices contact Assist-I.T.

Assist-I.T. offer an extensive range of training courses.

Software support for learners with reading and writing difficulties

Supporting people with physical difficulties

101 ways of using Word and Excel to support learners!

JAWS workshop

Getting the best out of voice recognition

Using software to support people with a vision impairment

New courses


Software support for learners with reading and writing difficulties:

This is a popular course which explores the range of difficulties that learners of all ages can encounter. In response to these difficulties the course focuses on the variety of software support programs that are available to appropriately support learners, for example, text to speech, mind mapping and visual learning, prediction software, word banks and grid software etc.

Additionally, the course also explores the many tools and features that are available in Windows and MS Word that can increase typing input and accuracy.

This course has a mixture of presentation and hands-on sessions.

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Supporting people with physical difficulties:Craig training

Physical Difficulties - Windows Accessibility options are features that are often ignored when setting up a computer for someone with a physical difficulty, e.g., poor motor control, stroke victims etc. However, if used properly, they can provide an inexpensive alternative for many individuals.

This course explores basic changes that can be made via Windows Accessibility Options to more complex programs that have been designed for people with specific disabilities, e.g.,, scanning, on-screen keyboards, switch access software etc, such as Clicker and The Grid.

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101 ways of using Word and Excel to support learners! College staff on JAWS training session

Well not exactly 101 but near enough! MS Word and Excel contains a number of features that can helpsupport learners.

From creating Macros, Word-Banks and interactive and engaging spreadsheets MS Office can be a powerful learning tool.

This is a fun-packed course which is based around practical and hands-on sessions.

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JAWS Workshop:

This is a hands-on workshop which explores visual impairment and computer access. For many people with a visual impairment, particularly those people who are blind, the only means of accessing a computer is via the keyboard and using a speech output software program, such as JAWS (Job Access to Windows). The session will cover:

This session would be useful for staff supporting students with a visual impairment and/or would like to improve their keyboard/shortcut skills.

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Getting the best out of voice recognition:

Many people who attempt to use voice recognition often give up due to lack of progression and support. However, used in the correct way voice recognition can be a powerful tool for people with physical disabilities, cognitive difficulties or for those of us who want to use a different way of inputting information.

This course will develop a range of skills and knowledge to enable users to use voice recognition and control their computer hands free.

Additionally, the course will also compare voice recognition within Office to some of the more well known packages.

This is a practical based session.

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Using software to support people with a vision impairment:

As well as the many changes that can be made within Windows and Office this course explores specific solutions in terms of magnification programs, e.g., Lunar, Lunar Plus, ZoomText as well as screen reading programs such as JAWS

There will also be an opportunity to try out and compare a number of freely available software programs. Hardware solutions will also be explored, for example, high resolution keyboard stickers, alternative keyboards etc.

This course offers a mixture of presentation and practical sessions.

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New courses include:

- Making custom overlays with Intellikeys Overlay Maker (a fun packed course!)

- Create digital videos that can be used for multimedia or web based projects with Windows Movie Maker, a free program bundled with Windows XP (great for making class movies to support topic work).

- SwitchIt! Maker 2 and ChooseIt! Maker: develop your own computer switch accessible and engaging activities (slide shows, animations, talking books and much, much more!).

- Supporting learners who use JAWS with Excel spreadsheets (for advanced or experienced learners).

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To arrange a training session please get in touch via email or phone: 0771 704 2670.