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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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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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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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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Top 5 Edtech Resources

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The roundup of our weekly edtech roundups! Below find our top picks for edtech online resources, listed across categories.

Blog

Tech Thursday, from Dyslexia Action. Edtech for dyslexics. This blog publishes how-to articles on using different technologies, all aimed at making life with dyslexia easier. You’ll find information on both assistive and mainstream technologies.

Reviews

Looking for the latest educational apps and digital tools? educatorstechnology.com has you covered, with reviews and lists of resources for teachers.

World View

How is technology employed in education around the world? Visit the World Bank Edutech blog for the global picture on educational technologies. The blog is written by Michael Trucano, the World Bank’s Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education.

Magazine

For browsing through the latest topics and trends in edtech, check out Edtech Magazine. The website will send you to one of its two sections according your choice of focus on higher education or K-12.

Giving Back

Finally, learn how to contribute to increasing literacy and furthering children’s education around the globe by visiting allchildrenreading.org. The foundation launches competitions and awards grants for innovative use of technology in education. Foundations, companies, and individuals are all invited to partner in these endeavours.

Video Tutorial for Calcularis, Software for Dyscalculia

Calcularis includes seventeen different learning games, all them designed to help students with dyscalculia improve their math and number skills. The software selects which games will help a student learn best, based on that child’s strengths and problem areas.

The games work to develop a user’s number processing abilities and grasp of a mental number line, such as in the Landing Game where a falling cone must be landed as close as possible to the target number on a number line. Other games allow students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The Shelves Game, for example, breaks multiplication down into repeated additions.

For a quick introduction to Calcularis, check out the video below. You can also try the software for free on our website.

Dybuster Colour Game – Using Colours to Map Letters to Sounds

Multi-sensory learning helps students approach a subject like spelling or maths through the use of different senses. When playing the Colour Game in Orthograph, Dybuster’s software for children with dyslexia, students associate letters with colours and also with sound. This activates new learning channels in the brain and helps children to map spoken sound to written letters, something that is difficult for dyslexics.

The video below shows the game in action and provides a voice-over guide. You can test the game yourself for free by visiting the Orthograph Trial page. No download is necessary; you can access the program in your browser.

EdTech in Africa: Resource

infoDev is a program created by international development agencies, including the World Bank. It concentrates on the use of ICTs (information and communication technologies) in developing countries to address a variety of issues. Among these issues is that of education. The program has in the past supported pilot projects to promote the use of ICTs in developing countries and now focuses on research and training.

In 2007 infoDev put together a survey looking at ICTs and their use in education in Africa. The report was based on country surveys from 53 African countries.

Titled Survey of ICT and Education in Africa, the survey provides an overview of ICT/education policies in different countries and identifies challenges in implementing those policies. A highly interesting read for anyone interested in edtech in developing countries, the survey can be viewed in PDF format here. To read through the individual country reports, have a look at the relevant page on the infoDev website.

ICTs and Girls’ Education

In the developing world 42% of girls are not enrolled in school. Over 50 million girls live in poverty.”

Global Education Fund

Continuing our series focused on edtech in developing countries, we are looking today at the potential in technology for furthering girls’ education. According to UNICEF’s entry on Girls’ education and gender equality, providing education to girls in developing countries comes with a host of positive impacts. Women who receive an education are more likely to delay childbirth, earn higher wages, and avoid HIV and AIDS than women who do not.

Keeping girls in school remains a challenge in many nations around the world, as does training female teachers and role models. What role could information and communications technologies (ICTs) play in furthering these goals?

Below is a video from UNICEF Activate Talk that took place in 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A panel of five speakers present their views on the power of bringing technology to bear on education and the possibilities this opens up for girls and women around the world.

Fuller details on the UNICEF website: Connecting Through ICT: Empowering Girls Through Education.

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All Children Reading: Literacy and EdTech

All Children Reading is a project launched in 2011 by USAID, World Vision, and the Australian government. Its purpose? To promote literacy in developing countries through technological innovation. In a quote from the official website, the organization states:

…a 2013/2014 UNESCO report indicates that 250 million children across the globe are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills.

In a first round of grant awards, All Children Reading chose 32 projects in over 22 countries to support. From interactive whiteboards in Haiti to a low-cost digital platform for mother-tongue educational material in Zambia, the projects all strove to bring the power of reading and writing to disadvantaged children. A full list of the grant-recipients along with project descriptions is available here.

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From 2014 through 2017, All Children Reading will again be funding projects and also supporting a number of competitions to further develop ICT solutions to illiteracy. One of the most exciting calls for submissions is EduApp4Syria, launched in partnership with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The project aims to develop a mobile app to aid Syrian refugee children in learning to read in a way that is fun, engaging, and improves their pyschosocial well-being. For more details click here.

You can find the latest updates on the All Children Reading website or blog.

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