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Open All Options: Using Technology To Support The Older Struggling Student

Peggy Dalton
PO Box 85
South Woodstock, VT 05071
Email: PeggyD@freedomscientific.com

Linda Gillentine
603 Cumberland Drive
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
Email: lgillentine@earthlink.net

In this presentation we will demonstrate how educators can work with older struggling students on reading, writing, and studying using the WYNN software program. We will also discuss how WYNN facilitates using the Internet with students.

The intent of this session is to demonstrate how using the WYNN 3 software program can facilitate the learning process for older students. Although current literature in the field will be briefly reviewed, the session will focus on a practical review of methods and approaches to teaching commonly used study and writing tools. Learning-disabled students have difficulty completing assignments. The strategies presented are designed to help students organize, synthesize and integrate information using WYNN. We will show the features in WYNN that assist students in the writing process using outlines and word prediction. And, we will show how easy reading the Internet is using the WebMask feature for research papers. WYNN is a text-to-speech, reading, word processing, and studying program. It provides superior OCR for scanning printed materials and reading of the text through the program's speech synthesis. The speech output is very clear and can be customized. WYNN provides the ability to easily customize the visual presentation of the material to match the users' needs. Other features include a talking dictionary and thesaurus, bookmarking and highlighting, word prediction, and text or voice annotation. WYNN also provides access to the Internet, reading Internet web sites to the user. After only minimal interaction time with the program users are able to use most of WYNN's many features.

It is a long established fact, supported by research and practice that people learn, comprehend, and retain things better using multiple modalities. This presentation will discuss and show educators several strategies that will empower and enable challenged students in the areas of reading, writing, and studying. Using a bi-modal model, effectively presented with the aid of technology, a variety of visual and auditory approaches will be demonstrated and case studies discussed in which struggling students have benefited. The strategies will be presented in the curriculum areas of writing, reading, web searches and research. The ability of technology

To customize any displayed text to meet a struggling student's needs will be demonstrated. Demonstration of a visual and auditory word processor, with the ability to construct outlines and drafts of written manuscripts using a variety of tools will be addressed. We will show an auditory/visual bi-modal approach to studying by incorporating organizational tools including written and voice notes, highlighting, masking. By understanding how the struggling student's needs can be met an educator will be in the position to provide a successful experience in all curriculum areas. In summary, this presentation will demonstrate how WYNN allows teachers to apply a variety of techniques to provide success for their older struggling students. We will demonstrate how WYNN has a simple but very powerful user interface with intuitive and usable features. We will show how WYNN can extend the educators expertise and how this software program can aid older LD students to succeed!

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