Dyslexia-friendly teaching through technology

Technology is a key gateway to supporting all learners especially those with dyslexia. Dyslexia friendly teaching approaches can be learner friendly to all, particularly when they use technology. Print our mind map or review the text version below to find out more.

Mind map on dyslexia friendly teaching approaches using technology.

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Assistive technology

Can provide a patient, non judgemental, personalised environment that enables independent learning and levels the playing field.

Areas that affects life and learning

Organisation and memory: Mind mapping, planning tools, digital memos and reminders, electronic diaries , timetable, homework  and revision apps, digital timers to help manage time 

Scaffold the writing task

Getting it down on paper:  word-processing, easier editing, speech support to hear text written, spell checker suggestions or intelligent prediction, planning with mind maps or digital recordings, speech recognition as a full program or as an in-built option or app

Does it have to be written down?

Alternative ways to record and present information: digital recording , graphs, charts, flow charts, time lines, mind maps, PowerPoint, mixed media presentations

Allow dyslexic learners to demonstrate their true ability

Exams: using technology as the norm in class enables it to be used in exams for those meeting the criteria for readers or amanuensis

Reading text comfortably

Relieve visual stress: change format, colour background, line and letter spacing, font style and size.

Help with independent reading and learning

Text to speech (TTS): built in accessibility options, apps and programs to allow text to be spoken simultaneously highlighting words, sentences, selected or whole passages of text in a range of voices and speeds, scanning reading pens or apps are another alternative to access  written information.

All teachers can make a difference

Classroom support: Make the best possible use of what is available. Use Dyslexia friendly fonts in text presented onscreen, pastel coloured backgrounds on whiteboards, tools on whiteboards to help track text when reading at a distance, digital memos of homework, information available in accessible formats, e.g. RNIB Bookshare

Self help practice and learning

Skill Development: programs and apps for phonics, spelling, reading, memory and letter formation, ideal to support school interventions with built in record keeping to demonstrate progress