Boost skills for learners with and without disabilities
Two free new learning resources have been released by JISC TechDis, a education advisory service on accessible and inclusive technology, to boost skills for learners with and without disabilities. The first resource will help learners who use text-to-speech applications: two new voices for text-to-speech were commissioned from specialists CereProc available for free to learners and learning institutes. http://bit.ly/LfKoz3 The second project to be launched was the JISC TechDis Toolbox ( http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/tbx/ ), with information to help people use ICT and online technologies more effectively in employment. This information is divided into five main categories: ‘using technology’, ‘planning and organization’, ‘communicating’, ‘teamworking’, and ‘different needs?’ It includes guidance on how to carry out effective Google searches; and how to operate text-to-speech on some mobile devices. The resources were launched at ND’12, the seventh national digital inclusion conference, held in London last month. In a launch video, Alistair McNaught of JISC TechDis said: “We spent eight years working with learning providers from the top down, helping to influence senior management teams, librarians, learning support staff, tutors, etc, and telling them about the kinds of tools and technology that could make a difference to their learners.