Once students are expected to read to learn and write to be assessed the following solutions enable students to produce better quality work thus empowering them to raise their grades.
These solution are helpful for Futher & Higher education as well as the world of work.
Read to learn - Text to speech
While every child must and will learn to read. For some decoding is excruciatingly difficult and slow. Text to Speech (TTS) enables text to be read to students. This can be achieved for no charge at all by simply using functionality most families and schools already own. Learn how to switch this funcionality on
Alternatively, there are a number of devices and apps that can be purchased to read text to students. These are priced from between £10 and £120.
This transformational functionality can be used in formal exams even in circumstances where a human reader would not be allowed (for example English comprehension papers), as it is classified as totally independent work. Surprisingly few school access this functionality.
Read to learn & Improve understanding - Electronic text books
While many publishers now sell electronic versions of books. RNIB Bookshare enables any school to download electronic text books for any students that are print disabled free of charge. These are particularly useful for students that have difficulty taking comprehensive notes during lessons.
For more information on Bookshare
Improve understanding - Online courses and YouTube Channels
Videos and online courses can be used to improve understanding. There are many excellent online resources that students can watch at home. These are fantastic for visual learners, plus they can be paused and information can be repeated at any time. Examples of video used when revising for GCSE Biology.
Improve understanding - Note taking
Many struggle to take good notes in class. Cognitively note taking is a complex, demanding task. For some students it is impossible to listen, understand and write. Copying information from the board can be a particularly useless task.
Without good notes students are at a disadvantage when competing homework or preparing for tests and examinations. However many tech solutions exists to help students take notes while in class.
Improve written work - Touch typing
This essential life skill is particularly important for dyslexics. There are many advantages of typing homework. Not only does it provide help with: spelling and grammar, it allows easy reoganisation, and enables work to be proof read out loud. Dyslexics often struggle to see the mistakes they make when writing, but they can hear them when text to speech is used to read their work back to them.
While the skill of touch typing opens up extremely helpful functionality and prepares students for the world of work far more than handwriting, there are also great free and low priced solutions that teach touch typing.
Improve written work - Dictation
Free dictation software in now widely available. For those that find it beneficial it is still worth investing in a paid solution for increased speed and accuracy.
Getting organised - Reminder
Many dyslexics struggle to be organised. Free apps provide reminders to prompt when tasks must be completed.
For more information on how to use Reminder Apps on phones
Getting organised - Trackers
Trackers save a lot of time by helping find objects quickly.
Learn & Revision - Quiz Apps
Are designed to assist with retrieval practise, helping students to recall and master information. Particularly helpful when students struggle with a poor working memory and no amount of rereading a topic will help it be recalled during a exam.
FREE SOLUTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EACH CATEGORY ABOVE
Free solutions are available in each of these areas but all too often schools and parents don’t know they exist, so children struggle needlessly. Doing so can negatively impact confidence, expectations and life opportunities
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