Supporting Adult Learners with Dyslexia: Harnessing the Power of Technology

Supporting Adult Learners with Dyslexia: Harnessing the Power of Technology


By (author) Sally McKeown

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  • Publisher: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
  • Format: Paperback | 67 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm
  • Publication date: 1 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Leicester
  • ISBN 10: 1862012938
  • ISBN 13: 9781862012936
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations

Product description

Tutors are determined to provide appropriate learning opportunities for the full range of learners who are coming to their classes. Some worry that they are not doing enough to support learners with dyslexia and wonder if they should be doing something special and different to meet the needs of this particular group. This book draws on the experience of many practitioners and outlines some of the key questions tutors should ask themselves, their colleagues and their learners. It shows how bringing together appropriate online resources, software, accessibility options and paper-based materials can increase confidence and make learning more enjoyable.

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Table of contents

1 Introduction; 2 What is dyslexia?; Behaviour; 3 How do people learn?; 4 Be prepared; First impressions matter!; Planning ahead; Assessment; Access arrangements; 5 Making reading easier; Keep all your handouts on electronic files; Do not use justified text; Give a choice of colours where possible; Make web pages easier to read; Use sans serif fonts; Don't print text over images; Use styles and headings as signposts; Do not pack in too much information; Use screen tips; Provide a text-to-speech facility; Useful sources of support; 6 Does it have to be reading and writing?; Working with the text; Diagrams v. text; Keep instructions simple; Combine different media; Sorting activities; Using PowerPoint as a visual prompt; Labelling diagrams; Cloze; Drag and drop; Webquest; Further information. 7 Supporting writing; Planning; Writing; Points to consider; 8 Good skills for learners; How to change colours and fonts; Paste special; AutoSummarise; Highlighter; Spike; Using bullet points or numbering; Spell checker; Thesaurus; AutoCorrect; Google toolbar; 9 Conclusion; 10 References; Organisations; Sites; Books and articles; Contacts for software mentioned in the text.