Friday, January 28, 2011

Lakeshore Learning Free Resources

Lakeshore Learning, a well- known American company which supplies educational materials, has many free educational resources available on their website.

They have templates for word searches which you can add your own words. These would be good to use to help dyslexic children learn spellings or familarize them with specific subject vocabulary.

There are also printable awards which you can customize. These are useful for a teacher or parent to give to a dyslexic child to encourage them and acknowledge their progress.There are also flash cards which you can make and print. These can be used to test basic maths facts, vocabulary, or to make up questions and answers for exam revision etc .. They also have some lesson plans .

See free resources :

Thursday, January 27, 2011

E Book Reader

Technology has the potential to help dyslexics quite considerably .One such technological aid is an E book reader. The E book reader is a small portable computer device which enables you to download books which you can read wherever you are.

There are a number of readers available for example : Kindle Amazon , Nook( Barnes and Noble), Sony E Reader, Ipad, Reeder ( this brand is sold a lot in Turkey) etc.


The font size can be enlarged.

Kindle ( Amazon) has a text to speech option allowing children to listen to the book while they follow the text, which in turn can help to improve comprehension.

The text to speech facility also would enable dyslexic children to tackle a more difficult book than they would normally read by themselves. In addition this option would be useful not only for recreational reading but for reading textbooks.

Children are generally drawn to technology and it might help to make reading seem more appealing to reluctant readers.

Possible Problems

The initial cost of the e book reader .

Some publishers have decided that it is a copyright infringement to have the book read out .As a result not all E books allow you to use the“text to speech” option.

Unfortunately the choice of e books in Turkish is considerably more limited compared to books written in English. The “Kindle Reader” does not read Turkish books .

I wonder if it will be tiring on the eyes reading from the screen constantly. ?? Some readers have anti-glare screens so they can be used outside in bright sunlight.

If you are going to invest in a e book reader do some thorough research first before buying …

Check whether books in the your language can be downloaded .

Is there a text to speech option ? .Not all of them have this option– with some you have to purchase another programme to enable you to get speech to text.

I would be interested to hear anyones feedback about the use of e readers for dyslexics.

A great blog with useful information about technology and dyslexia is Ian Smythes technodys site.

Monday, January 24, 2011

World Dyslexia Forum Videos

The website for the World Dyslexia Forum that was held last year contains videos of the presentations made at the forum.

I particularly enjoyed the talk given by Dr Duncan Milne called "Teaching the brain to read"

Click on the video camera to watch videos from the forum.

A website for children with learning disabilities

Produced by Schwab Learning, is a free, website for students aged 8-12 who have learning disabilities, including dyslexia. . It is interactive and allows kids to ask questions, play games, and learn about themselves and others .

Explore is the section that provides information about the brain, learning, and how it all works. It contains tips on studying.

Create is an area that allows students to undertake a variety of creative activities such as drawing pictures, manipulating images, mixing music, recording voices or writing .

There are online games.

Childrens can also connect with others with learning disabilities around the world.

There is a useful BrainPop movie on Dyslexia designed for children.