In the past, dyslexia was rarely recognized, and when it was, very little was put in place for the student. It was assumed that students were being lazy, not paying attention, or being disruptive because they were badly behaved, not because they were infuriated.
Nowadays, however, so much has changed, and students with dyslexia are able to thrive in the classroom. The following teaching tools and apps can make learning a lot more enjoyable for dyslexic students.
Shakespeare In Bits
Most English classes still include Shakespeare from time to time. Not only is this complex text, but old words and unusual structures make this even harder for dyslexic students to comprehend. This app can really make Shakespeare easier to handle.
Learning Ally Audio
Reading should be a pleasure, and with the vast library available with learning ally, dyslexic students can enjoy literature through audio books.
Academized is a great online tutoring resources, which features courses, an e-library and videos. This is a great place for students to brush up on their skills and gain confidence before they start putting their skills into practice.
Google Play Books
Reading will always be an important part of learning, especially in the English classroom. This will present a significant challenge to dyslexic students. Using audiobooks can really level the playing field and help your students do the work they’re assigned without facing more difficulty than their classmates.
Older students may want to keep up to date with the news–they can store online articles here where the content can later be read aloud.
Many dyslexic students may have trouble retaining spelling and grammar rules, and this is a great pace for them to come and do some self-study before a test or assignment. It also means that they can independently decide what they need help with and focus on their own needs.
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OCR Instantly Pro
While many books are available in audio form, some worksheets and class assignments will result in difficulty, and be really hard for your students to do. To make sure they fully understand their work, this app can convert a photo of text into an audio file.
Easy Word Count
Dyslexic students may find approaching huge chunks of text daunting. This website makes it simple to divide text up into more palatable bite size pieces. They can aim to read one hundred words at a time, rather than face longer texts that may make them panic.
Cite It In
As students get older, there are many papers that need to be written and handed in at a much higher standard. They also need to worry about references and bibliographies. This website can ease the pressure by producing their references quickly and efficiently.
Many spellcheckers overlook context and homonyms, however Ginger is very in-depth and will pick up all errors.
Typing with dyslexia can be a challenge, however this keyboard can offer advanced prediction of words as well as auditory feedback, so they can really sound out words. This is a smart app, that will learn the vocabulary the user regularly uses to predict words more accurately.
With a great teacher and a good attitude there is no reason for a dyslexic student not to be successful.