What is Dyslexia and how can Technology Help with its Symptoms?

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that results in reading and writing difficulties. Dyslexia is found in populations around the world, however rates can be particularly high in countries where the written language uses irregular spelling or features combinations of letters with different sound possibilities. English is full of these combinations (such as the ‘ou’ in cough and through) as well as different spellings that all make the same sound (such as the ‘o’ sound in stole, coal, and bowl). It is estimated that 15% of the U.S. population suffers from dyslexia.

Dyslexic people have chronic difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling. Despite being bright and motivated, a child with dyslexia will have great difficulty making connections between spoken and written language. Dyslexics may be intelligent and creative people but suffer from low self-esteem or anxiety brought on by their learning disability.

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Back to School Hints & Tips

 

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Millions of children are heading back to school, but what are they doing to prepare themselves for those first weeks back? We at Dybuster are here to help with a few hints and tips to get your child over the anxiety and back into the full swing of things.

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How do iPads and Tablets Affect Children’s Development?

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Now this is a heavy question on a lot of parents and educator’s minds, children now more than ever have access to screens, how is this affecting the development of skills of the younger generations? There have been similar fears throughout history of the dangerous impacts of technology on learning, one such panic was that the invention of the printing press (C. 1440), which made books and information widely available was thought to ruin people’s minds! In fact these worries are as old as time itself, with each generation reimagining the risky influence of technology on mind and brain. Socrates famously warned against writing because it would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories.”

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Weekly Roundup: Edtech, Dyslexia

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Last week we mentioned the EdSurge meetup in San Francisco, which focused on edtech and promoting equality in education. This week’s headline from the EdWeek blog touches both of those topics, in this article on teachers in high-poverty schools being likely to have less confidence using edtech. The findings are the results of a survey that included 700 teachers of similar demographics and experience levels.

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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: Dyslexia, Edtech

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Headlines

Non-profit Learning Ally surfaced in the news this week on abc.com with a story on Learning Ally’s audio book program. The books are used by dyslexic children to improve their reading skills.

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Weekly Roundup: Edtech, Dyslexia

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Headlines

Edtech for pre-schoolers? Sesame Workshop and IBM are teaming up to produce just that, as reported by TechCrunch.

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Educational Technology for Learning Disabilities: Dybuster LinkedIn Discussion Group

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Looking for discussion and debate on educational topics? Like to keep up-to-date on educational technology? Or maybe you want to share your knowledge and experiences regarding learning differences?

We’ve launched a LinkedIn discussion group to addresses all of these needs and more. With new members added weekly, we hope the group will provide information and resources, professional networking, and food for thought.

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