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December 13, 2016

Teaching Dyslexic Children

Teaching is a profession but even more a vocation. All over the world teachers try to motivate children to learn every single day, but it’s not an easy job! Given the high prevalence of learning difficulties, they are facing big odds when it comes to ensuring that the knowledge gained is entrenched deeply, and not just quickly until the day after their exam.

Dyslexic students offer even more of a challenge since they learn in a completely different way, and are more confused if given huge amounts of texts. The following are some tips that can help teachers of dyslexic students:

  • Create more visual materials – A picture says a thousand words and dyslexic students are normally very aesthetic and artistic children who enjoy colours, images and other visual learning aids.
  • Include music and sound – Hearing a particular sound might trigger a memory for a child, and therefore using sound cues is an innovative way how to help students remember.
  • Build mindmaps – At the end of each topic draw a mind map with the most important concepts as a summary and give this out to students to help them memorise facts and figures.
  • Gamification can help – Making learning more entertaining could be a way to remove the stress for students with dyslexia that are already fearful and could be coming to school reluctantly
  • Allow tablets in the classroom – Technology is less intimidating to dyslexic students than books and with its help one can teach a variety of subjects from languages to sciences with ready made online materials. We suggest looking at large online repositories like www.oercommons.org or www.openeducationeuropa.eu
  • Use iSmart app – This app includes all of the above suggestions and even allows for great interaction with parents, teaching assistants and the psychologist in charge of the student. See all our features on getismart.com/the-features
December 5, 2016

That blank look after school

jackI’m a mother … like many of you I have a teenage son who is my whole world, however it’s been several years now that he comes home from school with that blank look which is a mixture of frustration and alienation. I have other colleagues with me at work who all have similar stories, and it seems that kids are all ‘lost’ somewhere along the line throughout their school life.

What’s really happening here? Are we failing at teaching and parenting, or are kids needing new ways to keep them engaged and motivated? Have we given our children too much, so when they go to school they are finding too little?

I’m not sure of the answer, but as a technologist I set about creating different projects to test out different theories using ICT and technology tools, in the hope that these would somehow “wake” kids up. I also try to spend time teaching educators and teachers how to use new tools like robots, games, tablets and more.

The project that gave me the best results to date was “iSmart” and this one focused on children with dyslexia, that maybe feel even more lost than others both at school and when they come back home. We set about building an app that can be used by teachers, parents and the students themselves within the classroom and also at home after school.

We tested in 3 countries – Turkey, Sweden and the Czech Republic and had varying degrees of success, however it was all so positive that I now want to take iSmart to market. It means redesigning it from the ground up, adding even more functions, translating it in multiple languages and making sure that it works for all children with different learning difficulties.

However I’m not a millionaire-ess, so I don’t afford to give this the big bang it requires, although I am committed to see this through no matter what. This is why we’ve now launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and I’m also actively looking for investors.

So help me remove that blank look after school. Support iSmart by crowdfunding here or contact me on email [email protected].

November 30, 2016

Launching Crowdfunding Campaign

Why?

If you have read our story you will easy figure out that since we are now at the second round of development and we are going to market, the expenses are on the rise..however we also want to make sure that we share this great product with all of you out there.

What can you get in return?

For those of you who would like to give us their support, can do so by visiting the Indiegogo campaign. As a token of appreciation, we will be doubling your subscription….and a lovely gift will be on it’s way too.

Follow Updates?

From time to time, we will be jotting down updates about the campaign – which you can follow from here.

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