How to Use Tablet PCS to Help Dyslexic Students

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How to Use Tablet PCS to Help Dyslexic Students
Tablet PCs provide much more versatility than an ordinary laptop. (Laptop image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

Tablet PCs provide a smaller alternative to a desktop PC or even a laptop. Tablet computers come equipped with touch-screen technology and wireless Internet options. Many computer companies such as HP, Dell, Toshiba and Apple manufacture tablet PCs. According to Dyslexic.com, tablet PCs combine laptop function with pen and paper versatility.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Training materials
  • Tablet PCs
  • Software

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Train students how to use the Tablet PC. Most importantly, students will need to know how to use screen reader programs, voice recognition programs and Microsoft OneNote to organise notes, enter data and convert handwritten notes to text.

  2. 2

    Allow students to organise their day first thing in the morning by using calendar software on the tablet PC. Students can enter assignment due dates, activities and other notes on the calendar to aid in organisation.

  3. 3

    Let students take notes using the stylus pen and tablet screen. The notes can later be converted to text so that the student can read the notes clearly. Students with severely illegible handwriting may need another student to take notes for them because the software may not be able to recognise their handwriting accurately.

  4. 4

    Allow students to use screen reader software to read academic information. Textbooks and other reading material can be provided on a CD or Internet website so that students can listen to information that may be too difficult for them to read independently.

  5. 5

    Let students use voice recognition software to compose written responses required on daily assignments and tests. Using voice recognition software allows students to speak responses that will then be converted to text by the computer program. The responses can then be printed for teacher review.

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