As he listens to text read aloud, he follows along with printed material online.
When he encounters a new, complex academic vocabulary word, he can click on it to determine the pronunciation and/or definition, rather than laboriously sounding out the unknown word.
For the purpose of this resource, the term , often associated with special education, will be used in a broader sense as any type of technology that will provide an appropriate accommodation to assist students with dyslexia in their learning.
Although the technology addressed in this resource is increasingly available in educational settings, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it is being used effectively.
Therefore, there are considerations to be made in matching appropriate technology to students' needs.
Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
To accommodate for this challenge, he may listen to the science text read aloud via text-to-speech software on the computer.
This allows the learner to read with his ears as well as his eyes.
The goal is to support students in skills not yet mastered by providing access to instructional/assistive technology in conjunction with learning strategies and targeted reading instruction.
Effective instruction can help students overcome the difficulties described above, and current research indicates that a wide range of options in technology can be an important part of that effective instruction and an important part of student support.
Technology tools allow students with dyslexia to be equal participants in school-based learning experiences.