2001 Conference Proceedings

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Peggy Dalton and Richard Goldman
Freedom Scientific – Learning Systems Group
NASA Ames Moffett Complex, Bldg. 23
P.O. Box 215
Moffett Field, CA 94035

In this presentation we will demonstrate how educators can teach commonly used study strategies to LD students using the WYNN software program. We will discuss how WYNN facilitates the reading, writing, studying and comprehending process.

The intent of this session is to demonstrate that study skills can be taught using the WYNN software program. Although current literature in the field will be briefly reviewed, the session will focus on a practical review of methods and approaches to teaching study skills. Learning disabled students have difficulty studying and completing assignments. The strategies presented are designed to help students organize, synthesize and integrate information using WYNN. Some of the strategies will include: identifying main ideas and details, notetaking, summarizing and paraphrasing.

We will also discuss the concept of metacognition and how this term describes the learning process – thinking about thinking and what facilitates learning. Accessing the suite of commonly used study tools on the WYNN Study Tools Toolbar can assist students in learning. Using WYNN to teach study skill strategies can enhance the learning process. Special educators know these are skills that must be taught, we cannot assume that students have these skills. Essentially, study skills provide students with the necessary tools to be successful. LD students need to think about how they approach schoolwork and be taught how to access tools that will assist them in completing assignments. When students think about the tools they use when doing assignments they develop a metacognitive approach to their schoolwork. The more LD students interact with information, the more they will understand assignments and automatize new skills.

In fact, all the commonly used study skills such as dictionary work, highlighting, bookmarking, notetaking, summarizing, and paraphrasing are easily accessed in WYNN. As educators know these are all essential aids in implementing study strategies. Using WYNN’s Find feature, students can search for individual bookmarks and highlights. Students can also compose text notes and voice notes with WYNN. Text notes are helpful for visual processors, aiding students to revisit and study important material. Using voice notes, students can dictate information such as oral summarizing and/or paraphrasing. They can also leave reminders about homework assignments or projects that need to be worked on. Teachers can enter questions in voicenotes or textnotes and students can answer in either according to their learning style. With our new List feature teachers can create lists of key words in a separate document for prereading activities. As educators know, highlighting, bookmarking, creating lists of main ideas and details and key vocabulary words are all tools that assist students in learning.

In summary, this presentation will demonstrate how WYNN allows teachers and students to apply commonly used study techniques when using this software. We will demonstrate how WYNN has a simple but powerful user interface with usable study tool features. We will show how WYNN can extend the educators expertise and how this software program can aid LD students to succeed!

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