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By Allan Wilson on Thursday 27th October, 2011 at 11:59am
Id like to introduce myself. Im Craig Mill and I recently started working for CALL Scotland as an Assistive Technology Officer. Ive always admired and respected the work of CALL so having the opportunity to work alongside knowledgeable, skilled and experienced colleagues is a real privilege and a great pleasure.
For those of you who dont know me Im probably better known for developing the free and open source portable programs such as AccessApps, MyStudyBar and Create&Convert which make up the EduApps suite of software.
Breaking down barriers
Like my colleagues at CALL I have a love and passion for technology. It still amazes me how technology can break down barriers to learning and provide real opportunities for learners with additional support needs to learn and live as full and independent lives as possible. And the good news is that technology is ever-changing constantly improving and helping to break down barriers for those who embrace it.
As everyday technology such as mobile phones, tablets and e-books become more powerful, affordable, and increasingly ubiquitous with integrated accessibility features as standard, inclusive and universal design are set to become the standard. What was once seen as assistive or accessible technology is gradually converging into mainstream.
These are undoubtedly exciting times for all who work in education and technology. Set against a backdrop of economic cuts they are also challenging. While Im a fan of commercial software Im also acutely aware of the role that open source and free alternatives can play. Working at CALL will provide an opportunity to explore and develop the role and benefits that open source and free alternatives can offer to schools on tight budgets. You can see an exmaple of how schools are already using open source and free alternatives on the Education Scotland website.
Apps, Apps and away...
Another area of change is the multitude of cheap and affordable apps for both the iPad and Android platforms. Apps, iPads and Android tablets also offer both opportunities and challenges; particularly in the way devices and apps are managed, integrated and used within the curriculum. This is an area which still requires a great deal of research.
As you can see, there is much to do but ultimately my role is to support you in any way I can. If youd like to discuss any of the issues Ive highlighted or would like to find out how CALL can offer a range of support – then dont hesitate to get in touch.