New Large-Scale Study Confirms Effectiveness of Calcularis

Calcularis, our software for dyscalculia, has been evaluated in smaller studies which clearly showed that the software was beneficial for increasing children’s proficiency in math. A large-scale study has now been completed in Germany with over one hundred children participating. The study looked at the software’s effects on students in general, rather than focusing on children with learning differences such as dyscalculia.

Child working with Dybuster software. Dybuster developed Calcularis, software for training math skills and to aid dyscalculics.

Child working with Dybuster software. Dybuster developed Calcularis, software for training math skills and to aid dyscalculics.

The results of the study determined that the software increased children’s mathematical abilities and were published on 2 June in Frontiers in Psychology.

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Weekly Roundup: Edtech, Dyslexia

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Headlines

EdSurge hosted an edtech meetup in San Francisco last week where the main topic of discussion was how to promote equity in education.

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The schools that use Dybuster software: Fehraltdorf

We would like to introduce a few of the schools where teachers and students use our software for dyslexia and dyscalculia. Our first portrait is of the public school in Fehraltorf, Switzerland.

Fehraltdorf, public school in Switzerland that uses Orthograph and Calcularis.

Fehraltorf, public school in Switzerland that uses Orthograph and Calcularis.

Fehraltorf is a small town in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland. The public school is made up of a primary and secondary school.

Most classes are taught by grade and age level, but a few classes mix age levels together. Special education instruction is integrated into regular classroom instruction.

Each classroom is equipped with four computers. The school also has a computer room and twenty laptops for general use.

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Weekly roundup: resources for dyslexia, dyscalculia

resources for dyslexia and dyscalculia

Resources for dyslexia and dyscalculia

This week’s roundup focuses on resources for both dyslexia and dyscalculia. We hope you find them useful! Please feel free to share your own favorite resources in the comments.

Books on dyslexia

We asked readers for their favorite books on dyslexia, wanting to know what reading material could be helpful for dyslexics or parents and teachers of dyslexics. Twitter follower Infinite Me came through with a recommendation for The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide, Fernette Eide, calling the book “an inspiring read”.

What books have you read on dyslexia or dyscalculia that you found useful or inspiring? Leave a comment and let us and other readers know!

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Upcoming dyslexia and dyscalculia conferences 2016

Upcoming conferences on dyslexia and dyscalculia

Conferences provide a way to connect with other learning differences professionals or with fellow parents of children with dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Looking to connect with other dyslexia and dyscalculia therapists, educators, psychologists? Or wanting to exchange experiences with other parents of children with learning disabilities? There are a number of conferences coming up in 2016 focused on dyslexia and dyscalculia. For more information have a look at the list below.

The Dyslexia Guild Annual Summer Conference: 29/30 June

Coming up soon in Hertfordshire in the U.K.: the annual summer conference organized by Dyslexia Action. Intended for educators, the conference aims to introduce the most recent research on language development and to provide information on specialist topics such as assistive technology.

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Weekly roundup: dyslexia

Headlines

The very first Asia Pacific Dyslexia Festival & Symposium (APDF) will take place in Yokohama on June 11 and 12, according to this article in the Japan Times. The author Louise George Kittaka, based in Japan for years and with three children in the Japanese school system, asserts that dyslexia is neither well understood or supported in general by Japanese educators.

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Our top 5 blog posts on dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a learning disorder that causes those who have it to struggle with numbers and math.

Our top blog posts on dyscalculia. Find out more about this learning difference that causes difficulty in solving math problems.

Our top blog posts on dyscalculia. Read on to find out about this learning difference that causes difficulty in solving math problems.

Though gradually gaining in exposure, dyscalculia remains less well-known than dyslexia, a learning difference affecting the ability to map written to spoken language. Our blog aims to increase awareness of dyscalculia and point readers to further resources and information.

This week we have researched which of our blog posts on dyscalculia have proved most helpful to readers. We would like to share our top 5 picks based on number of visits and what search terms led readers to a specific post, which tells us a bit about what information the readers were looking for.

1. Dyscalculics: the famous, the successful, the inspiring

Our top post focuses on well-known dyscalculics, leading us to think that there is a need for spotlighting dyscalculic role models. Singer Cher and actress Mary Tyler Moore make the list of famous people with dyscalculia.

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Weekly roundup: dyslexia

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Headlines

Two encouraging headlines popped up the news this week. Nicole Marlene Ruth Nonis, a 16 year old student from Singapore with dyslexia and ADHD, was featured in The New Paper for winning the Ace Teen Award. The article details Nonis’ struggles with her learning disorders and her academic and personal accomplishments despite these. Read more.

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