Scanning pens all the rage during the pandemic

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A Wiltshire tech company that makes scanning pens to help dyslexic people read has experienced a surge in demand during the pandemic.

Westbury-based Scanning Pens said its products had become “vital” for children with special educational needs, who had lost the support of classroom assistants this year.

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New dyslexia app in the making

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A team in the UK has proposed an app called ‘Dimming Dyslexia’ to analyze online text and other educational resources and translate them into formats that are easier for those with dyslexia to understand. The app can present written text as videos and cartoons, and change font size and colors on the page to present more dyslexia-friendly formats.

The all female team won the BT young pioneer award which means they will be supported to develop the prototype into a working app with the help of BT experts.

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About Cursive and Dyslexia

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There is a school of thought that argues children with dyslexia (reading problems) are helped by learning cursive. The argument insists the brain responds neuroplastically to the flow and rhythm of the cursive experience.

See the back and forth debate on the good and bad of cursive writing in our link for today.

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Learning Ally free until August 1

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Thank you Learning Ally

Learning Ally, a not-for-profit and leading education solutions organization serving at-risk learners, is responding to the COVID-19 crisis with a relief program to schools across the country. The program includes the Learning Ally Audiobook Solution that helps students with reading deficits, a Distance Learning Resource Site for both educators and parents, and the Square PandaR School to Home Engagement Program for emerging readers. The program offers complimentary access to these proven literacy development solutions effective immediately through August 1st, helping to keep students reading in this crisis and providing a platform that educators nationwide can consider as a component for ensuring distance learning literacy progress, continuity, and equity in the future.

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Websearch with Dyslexia

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Web search is a key digital literacy skill that can be particularly challenging for people with dyslexia, a common learning disability that affects reading and spelling skills in about 15% of the English-speaking population. In the paper in our link for today, the researchers collected and analyzed eye-tracking, search log, and self-report data from 27 participants (14 with dyslexia) to confirm that searchers with dyslexia struggle with all stages of the search process and have markedly different gaze patterns and search behavior that reflect the strategies used and challenges faced. Based on these findings, they discuss design implications to improve the cognitive accessibility of web search.

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Free Dyslexia Course

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Offered to you by the Madras Dyslexia Organization.

The basic course on Remedial Instructions For Primary School Children With Specific Learning Difficulty empowers primary school teachers to provide active support to the children in their class with mild to moderate Specific Learning Difficulty or Dyslexia.

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New software for dyslectics

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ClaroRead for Windows, developed by Claro Software, provides a range of features to help with reading, writing and studying.  The software can be used to convert images to machine readable documents, listen to onscreen text using high quality voices, convert documents to sound and video files so one can listen to them later and check spellings and words that sound similar.

Best of all, it’s free!

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New Dyslexia handbook

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The British Dyslexia Association has their new Dyslexia Handbook out. See it in our link for today.

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Reading lamp to help dyslectics

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Dyslexia is something of a mystery in that we’re not precisely sure what the cause is and it’s notoriously difficult to diagnose. Some French researchers have suggested that sufferers have two dominant eyes, so images of letters appear correctly but also as a mirror image simultaneously, which can make it hard to read. The Lexilife lamp has been designed with this supposition in mind and it employs powerful LEDs that pulse at an adjustable rate.

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Innovation award for dyslexia app

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Four teenage business students from Coleg Llandrillo wowed the judges at a national youth enterprise competition in Cardiff, after their company scooped gold and silver in two of the main award categories for its app which helps primary school children with dyslexia. 

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