Weekly Roundup: 10 Years of Dybuster & Math Anxiety

Dybuster Celebrates its 10th Birthday!

I know it’s hard to believe but Dybuster is 10! It all started on the 22nd May 2007 it sent in the post its first 23 software packages. Since then the Dybuster programs have gained over 100,000 users, which is a monumental achievement from those first 23 packages!

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Weekly Roundup: Top 5 Posts on Dyslexia & Learning to Read After 30

Dybusters Top 5 Blog Posts on Dyslexia

Just like we did with our top 5 dyscalculia posts, we scoured our blog posts earlier last week, but this time for the top dyslexia posts as chosen by you! We shared 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, you, our reader, is looking for!

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Weekly Roundup: Conferences & Unidentified Dyslexia

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Upcoming Dyscalculia & EdTech Conferences of 2017

Last week Dybuster’s learning programs were discussed at the conference Les Recontres de l’Orme 2017, Frances national rendezvous for digital education and cultural actors: educational policy-makers, researchers, teachers, publishers and industrialists, local authorities and associations.

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Weekly Roundup: Top 5 Dyscalculia Posts & What Special Education Teachers Wish You Knew

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Our Top 5 Blog Posts on Dyscalculia

Earlier last week we scoured our blog posts on dyscalculia to find the most helpful posts for you, our readers! We shared 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, you the reader is looking for!

The top 5 cover: helping adults with math difficulties, famous dyscalculics, what it is like to have dyscalculia, the secret behind Ikea’s furniture names and homeschooling and dyscalculia.

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Weekly Roundup: The Dyslexic Professor & How the Orthograph Learning Games Help you with Dyslexia?

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Going public as a dyslexic Professor

In this article from the Times Higher Education, Nigel Lockett speaks about having dyslexia as a professor and the struggles he overcame with his determination to be an academic. He points out the problem of labelling dyslexia as a disability when in fact he says that it is not a learning difficulty, rather a learning difference and how universities should focus less on what dyslexic people can’t do and more on what they can.

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Weekly Roundup: Parenting Dyslexia & Neurodiversity: The Gains for Employers

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Lessons in Life: Parenting Dyslexia

This week we had a wonderful guest author John Hicks from Sprint Plus a great resource for dyslexic readers and writers. His article covers his personal experience as a parent and his daughter’s struggles with reading, writing, the challenges of higher education and the emotional roller coaster that comes with it.

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Weekly Roundup: It is Conference Season! & Made by Dyslexia

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It is conference season!

Conference season has arrived. On Friday the SEND conference took place in the Midlands (UK) and this week the Staffordshire’s (UK) yearly Special Educational Needs conference will provide a holistic resource to supporting those with SEN such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, speech and language, auditory processing and visual processing.

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Weekly Roundup: Dybuster at Edtech Collider & Reading for the Visually Impaired

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Dybuster at Edtech Collider Switzerland’s first collaborative space dedicated to ambitious entrepreneurs transforming education and learning through technology

Last week we were very excited to be a part of the opening ceremony of the Swiss EdTech Collider at the EPFL Campus. The Swiss EdTech Collider is Switzerland’s first collaborative space dedicated to ambitious entrepreneurs transforming education and learning through technology. This project plans to make Switzerland a global leader in EdTech by creating a strong support ecosystem. There will be a Demo Day on the 4th May to take you through this ambitious project.

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Weekly Roundup: Dysmusia

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Dysmusia – how dyslexic research and therapy can overcome difficulties in reading music notation

This week the news outlet The Strad presented a lesser known disability – dysmusia. Dr Elizabeth Morrow, a former professor of cello at the University of Texas, Arlington, has been involved in making learning music easier for people who have difficulties to read music. This problem seems to be common in classrooms, often leading children to drop out and abandon their interest for music. As a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Dr. Morrow was able to detect similarities with children with language disabilities, such as inconsistency, hesitation and lack of retention not being improved by standard teaching. Dr. Morrow conducted an informal surveys and, 96.5% of the 84 teachers said that they had an experience with a student who could not read music. 50% confirmed that some children have dropped out of their classes for this reason.

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Weekly Roundup: STEM Educational Game & Slow vs Fast Learning

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A game-based STEM startup is looking to motivate students with learning disabilities

“Embodied Games” is an educational start up that was launched in 2014 by Mina C. Johnson-Glenberg, an ASU psychology research professor. Creating an immersive environment the game aims to increase young students interest in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths). Johnson-Glenberg who herself has moderate dyslexia believes that “ computers would be a great way to help people learn, and computers are so good at making the unseen seen.” As young people tend to be playing video games in their free times, the “Embodied Games” already existing ten games (and more to come!) offer a perfect opportunity to interest them in the STEM subjects. The virtual experiences created by the use of the Xbox Kinect sensors and virtual reality helmets allow students to experience some scientific theories in an immersive, helping them to learn through the use of their bodies.

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