The Most Effective Teaching For Students With Learning Disabilities Is Through The Use Of Technology-Based Activities
It is very difficult to generalize about Learning Disabilities and to generalize about students that have Learning Disabilities. Students, Learning Disabilities, learning styles and strategies come in a vast assortment. It is also a very sweeping statement to say that the most effective way of teaching students with Learning Disabilities is through technology based activities.
Just about everyone has benefited from the use of modern technologies in education, through classroom support, high tech presentations that allow students to have a copy of the lecture notes to children in primary schools learning simple programming and robotics in technology.
For the purpose of this essay we will concentrate on Dyslexia. Why technological based activities with Dyslexic students? Most Dyslexic students tend to adapt very easily to technology; they cope well with the logical progression of instructions and workings and they just seem to understand the processes better than their peers.
Technology has vastly improved their learning experiences, as the use of a word processor gives the freedom from worrying about handwriting issues, and spelling. It allows the student the freedom to write. Use of a Dictaphone is also helpful as, students can record lessons and lectures and play them back later.
Dyslexic students tend to be visual learners so they find it difficult to write notes at the same time as listening. Traditional teaching would have involved rote learning that does not easily allow the transfer of information to different situations or problems.
On the other hand, there is a down side to the reliance and use of technology; students can spend too much time on the computer (games etc.), to the point where they may lack focus on their learning.They do not learn to spell correctly; and they are not taught strategies to help them overcome their disability (such as using fingers to learn and understand the nine times table). There are times when students do not have access to technology, and so would benefit from being taught specific strategies. This dependency on technology is most apparent when, as they do technology crashes or there is a power outage.
Students with dyslexia tend to think outside the ‘box’, and if, they rely too much on technology they tend to lose this ability.
Technology has had an impact on the way that everyone learns and how everyone now has the whole world of information at their fingertips. It has changed the way we learn, and process information, so it has benefited everyone, not just students with Learning Difficulties.
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