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.

For me the great thing about Dybuster software is that students rediscover fun in math and writing!” Annalisa Scalabrin, special education teacher

Who uses the software?

Orthograph and Calcularis were introduced to the school by one of the special education teachers and are used by students with diagnoses of dyslexia and dyscalculia, as well as by students with difficulties in math and writing. Students in both primary and secondary school use the software.

Using Dybuster software in the classroom.

Using Dybuster software in the classroom.

How is the software used at school?

Students with dyslexia and dyscalculia use the software during regular school hours under the supervision of a special education teacher. Students who struggle in math and spelling can practice with the software outside of regular school hours in a classroom with a special education teacher present.

Students use the software for three to six months and then take a break of around the same length of time. After the break, teachers evaluate whether a student should resume use of the software. Special education teachers supplement the software training with targeted instruction for writing and math skills.

When children learn through Dybuster that practicing and sticking to something means progress, then they’ve learned something that will be useful their entire lives and more important than correct spelling.”

Classroom teacher, Fehraltorf public school

How is the software used at home?

Students practice with the software at home twice per week for twenty minutes. If a student does not have a quiet place to work with the software at home then the student is offered a space in a special education teacher’s classroom to practice after school hours.

Students at Fehraltdorf use Orthograph and Calcularis and school and at home.

Students at Fehraltdorf use Orthograph and Calcularis and school and at home.

How do teachers track students’ progress?

Special education teachers have access to Orthograph and Calcularis Coach, which provide a detailed overview of each student’s progress.

Parents are invited to join for their child’s first lessons using the software. They thereafter receive updates by letter informing them of their child’s progress and further recommended training with Orthograph or Calcularis as needed.

I am always looking for worthwhile material to use to challenge my students. With Dybuster I have found this.” Patricia Werder, special education teacher

Are teachers satisfied with Dybuster Orthograph and Calcularis?

Teachers and parents at Fehraltdorf School have found that the software greatly benefits students with learning disabilities and difficulties. The support for each student from special education teachers, and the involvement of parents in the process, helps to motivate students to practice with Orthograph and Calcularis. This steady practice results in correspondingly steady progress in spelling and math skills.

I would recommend Dybuster software to all special education teachers, or even generally to classroom teachers to help students who struggle with reading or math.” Annalisa Scalabrin, special education teacher

Teachers and parents at Fehraltdorf School have found that Dybuster software greatly benefits students with learning disabilities and difficulties.

Student at Fehraltdorf School

Date of report: Summer 2015

Pictures and names used with permission from the teachers and parents of students.

To try Dybuster software yourself, please visit the Orthograph trial page and the Calcularis website.