How a special educational learning platform helps students with dyslexia – Smartbrief | Team Cansler

Published: November 23, 2022

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As educators, we’ve gotten much better at recognizing the signs of dyslexia and addressing them sooner than ever before. In 2018, our state began evaluating and mentoring students with special education—something it had not previously done. We also use cognitive battery testing to identify deficits in students with dyslexia.

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Through these previous assessments and interventions, we have recognized that these students really do need phonics instruction the most. For help during the COVID-19 shutdowns, our speech therapists turned to special education learning platform Amplio. Knowing that students with dyslexia may already be lagging behind in some aspects of their learning, we didn’t want them to fall further behind. We wanted them to retain the skills they learned as they continue to develop and evolve.

5 ways technology is helping dyslexic students

About 150 children are currently using the platform in elementary school and about 30 in junior high and middle school. At the elementary level, they work on the platform during class time, and at the secondary level, students participate in a 45-minute class time. Here are five benefits of using this special education learning technology:

  1. Immediate feedback. Technology is a huge motivator for students these days, mostly because they are so good at using it. They can teach themselves on the platform, which is another way to engage and motivate them. They love the instant, corrective feedback they get from the program, including percentage of words read or spelled correctly. For example, one of my students specifically said that he loved doing the reading passages—where we looked for fluency increases—because it told them immediately what they were missing and what they got right.
  2. A more engaging lesson. Having everything related to dyslexia classes right at your fingertips makes the entire class more engaging and engaging. It is very different from a static paper lesson. If they can learn with a laptop or tablet, it’s more interactive, colorful and engaging. This awakens the desire to learn in the students.
  3. No more piles of books. Traditional teacher’s guides, Blackline mastery books, and concept maps need to be organized numerically and taught sequentially. That’s a lot of work and a lot of paper. If the cards are not in numerical order, the instructors must search for the missing card. All materials are online on our special education learning platform. We just scroll and click through the pages and include what we need for the day’s lesson.
  4. Easier planning. My laptop goes with me everywhere. I can work on my plans even when I’m at an appointment because all the materials are in one place and portable. The students also benefit from this. Being able to place all resources in one central location takes the pressure off and makes it feel less overwhelming.
  5. Access useful reports. We can create progress reports, download the PDFs and then upload them to a custom educational program. Each report includes a timestamp for each reading or spelling exercise. For example, if you’re working on fluency, you can go to the relevant reports and pages to see exactly what the student was working on, what their percentage was, and how many words they read. It helps us a lot with the documentation.

Our students with dyslexia have done very well since we started using the special education platform. We see the results in the classroom, in theirs Measures of Academic Progress grades and in their projected progress for the school year. Since we started using the platform, the majority of students has grown exponentially. It has been a very positive experience and our children are always very happy to come to work and work.

Samantha Crow is the Dyslexia Coordinator for the Whitehouse Independent School District in Texas. The district uses amplifier with his students who have dyslexia.

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