Emmen school uses Dybuster software with all ages

A few posts back we introduced Fehraltdorf school and how the special education teachers there use Dybuster software to help students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Continuing our school portrait series we would like to showcase the public school in Emmen, Switzerland, where teachers use the software with students across many age levels.

The public school of Emmen, a town in Lucerne canton in Switzerland.

The public school of Emmen, a town in Lucerne canton in Switzerland.

Emmen is a town in the canton of Lucerne, with a large foreign national population. Many in this population are originally immigrants from former Yugoslavia.

The public school is made up of a primary and secondary school. The secondary school has a computer room as well as four computers per classroom. There are also a number of laptops that are shared among classes. Students can use Dybuster software at school in the computer room or else practice on their own at home.

I recommend Dybuster software for all schools starting from the primary levels.” Janine Grossniklaus, special education teacher

Who uses the software?

The secondary school in Emmen uses Orthograph with students who have difficulties in language skills to increase their phonological awareness. The use of Orthograph is overseen by the special education teachers, who meet with the students and establish learning goals. A statement of these goals is signed by the students to encourage them to take responsibility for their progress. The teachers then meet with the students every six weeks to give them feedback and to encourage the students to meet their goals.

Students at Emmen who have language difficulties such as dyslexia use Orthograph to improve reading and spelling skills.

Students at Emmen who have language difficulties such as dyslexia use Orthograph to improve reading and spelling skills.

How is the software used at school?

Students work with Orthograph two to three times per week, primarily at school. The practice sessions take place after school hours, in students’ free time. Special education teachers make sure that the sessions take place regularly.

How is the software used at home?

Students practice with the software at home if they do not complete all practice sessions at school. With the school software license, students can also access Orthograph at home and work through the modules in their free time outside of school.

Students practice with Dybuster software both at home and at school. The software aids students with dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Students practice with Dybuster software both at home and at school. The software aids students with dyslexia and dyscalculia.

I have an easier time with reading text since I started practicing with Orthograph.” Alessio, eighth grade student

How do teachers track students’ progress?

Special education teachers use Orthograph Coach to keep track of students’ progress towards completing the learning goals they have established. Teachers combine the analytics provided by Orthograph Coach with personal feedback to both guide and encourage students.

Using Orthograph is especially worthwhile for students who struggle in writing.” Janine Grossniklaus, special education teacher

Are teachers satisfied with Dybuster Orthograph and Calcularis?

The special education teachers have been highly satisfied with Dybuster Orthograph, to the extent that it is now obligatory for all students in the secondary school who have been diagnosed with language difficulties. The software is also used on the primary school level. Recently the school has expanded their use of Dybuster software to include Calcularis, learning software for children with math difficulties and dyscalculia.

Orthograph uses different senses to help me better picture words. This lets me learn better, especially in understanding text.” Dirjat, eighth grade student

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.