Assistive technology offers a way for dyslexics to save time and overcome some of the issues they may encounter because of their dyslexia, such as slow note taking or unreadable handwriting, and allows them to use their time for all the things in which they are gifted. For dyslexic students, technology opens doors and allows them to demonstrate their knowledge in ways that were unimaginable in the past.
Two technologies that facilitate this process are the Livescribe smartpen and Dragon Naturally Speaking. Each aide is designed to make the learning process easier and each offers support to the dyslexic student in different ways.
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The Livescribe smartpen is an assistive technology aide that facilitates the note taking and learning process. Recording classroom discussions and taking fewer notes allows the dyslexic student to spend more time listening and learning. When returning to the material for homework or review, students have an opportunity to listen to important information a second time, add notes that may be of significance and review what has already been written.
Dragon Naturally Speaking for PC users and Dragon Dictate for Mac users is another technological aide that facilitates the learning process for the dyslexic student. It is a voice recognition program that allows you to dictate your ideas and watch your words appear on the computer screen. For those who have word retrieval difficulties, grapho-motor weaknesses or problems committing ideas to paper in a timely fashion, Dragon may be just the tool you need, in order to improve your writing skills.
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