I have been an enormous fan of technological interventions for students with learning difficulties my entire career. One of the things that has been missing from the “app” options has been word processors with a few bells and whistles.
I was thrilled to come across “Spell Better” and have been using this with some of my students successfully.
“Spell Better” is a word processing app with predictable text functions. As students type the words, plausible alternatives appear at the bottom of the screen to both correct the spelling and to complete the word without typing. Speech functions are also available. Definitely worth a try.
- What Comes Next? Steps after NAPLANNAPLAN results have found their way into school bags across the country in Australia leaving parents wondering “What comes next?” The NAPLAN results can help inform whether your child needs additional assistance, further extension and engagement or some relaxation techniques. Most importantly the NAPLAN results shouldn’t be a surprise. If they are, it is very likely they are […]
- Managing the “after exam” slumpI am always amused when my students come to tutoring and when asked what is happening at school they reply”Nothing”. Further promoting often yields the second part of this answer, “Our exams are finished, there’s nothing else to do this term.” After I smile, count to 10 and breath deeply … we begin our work. […]
- Self-Correcting Division Cards Now AvailableDivision facts are often the forgotten operation – and one that students immensely dislike! I’ve created a fun set of self-correcting division cards to support mastery in learning these. I have attached one set here (Division 3) to download and play. The full set is available for purchase from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. These self-correcting […]
- Reading Jets A to ZA cute app to consolidate alphabetic knowledge and letter-sound correspondence. The plus is that an Australian voice can be selected (hence our vowels are intact) and close to foundation font has been used. Children select a robot as their avatar, a letter to start and are guided through some letter formation (tracing), sound identification (select […]
- Learning Differences Convention August 2015August 2015, “Practical Strategies to Support Students with Learning Difficulties in Mathematics” @ Learning Difference Convention at Rosehill, Sydney. Click here for copy of slides. Learning Difference Convention 2015
- Margin Planning – a writing tip!A tip I find very useful in both my own teaching and when recommending strategies for parents to encourage students with ADHD to write more (and write more cohesively) is what I refer to as “margin planning”. In the olden days when students wrote with a pen or pencil on a piece of lined paper […]
- Perimeter, Area, Volume & Surface Area Resource – try it now!Thank you for the feedback from the Integers resource I posted a few weeks ago – they are taking some time to produce, but are definitely more manageable than my question database. These resources will eventually be available as an entire study pack for students or teachers available for sale through this website and TeachersPayTeachers. While in […]
- When to pauseMany children and adolescents with learning difficulties have been receiving multiple supports at school, at home and in medical, health or education organisations for a really long time. I am certainly one of the elements of this wheel of support. Whilst it is absolutely critical for children and adolescents to receive the help they need, […]
- Initial Numeracy ScreeningThank you for your comments about the maths posts of late. I received quite a few emails from readers wanting to know a little more about how I am assessing maths in the beginning. So, I thought I would share this short screening checklist with you. I don’t like to give students a big written […]
- Why Is Maths So Hard?I am presenting a practical hands-on session at a convention in a few weeks about maths strategies (www.learningdifferenceconvention.com) and have a restricted time limit (one hour) – how on earth will I condense this topic? Well, I begin by not condensing anything – my first draft of anything is always incredibly long, but the initial […]