In the last post, we introduced Fehraltdorf school and how the special education teachers there use Dybuster software to help students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Continuing our school portrait series we would like to showcase the public school in Emmen, Switzerland, where teachers use the software with students across many age levels.

Emmen is a town in the canton of Lucerne and the public school is made up of a primary and a secondary school. The secondary school has a computer room as well as four desktop computers per classroom and there are also a number of laptops that are shared among classes, which means the students can practice on Dybuster software at school or in their own home.

I recommend Dybuster software for all schools starting from the primary levels.” 

Janine Grossniklaus, special education teacher

Who uses the software?

The secondary school in Emmen uses Orthograph with students who have difficulties in language skills to increase their phonological awareness. The use of Orthograph is overseen by the special education teachers, who meet with the students and establish learning goals, a statement of these goals is signed by the students to encourage them to take responsibility for their progress. The teachers then meet with the students every six weeks to give them feedback and to encourage and celebrate what they’ve achieved and how they can make it to their next goal.

Students at Emmen who have language difficulties such as dyslexia use Orthograph to improve reading and spelling skills.

How is the software used at school?

Students work with Orthograph two to three times per week, primarily at school, these practise sessions take place after school hours, where the Special education teachers are there to ensure that the students feel supported and to track their progress.

How is the software used at home?

The students can practice with the software at home instead if they choose to, as each student has their independent account and can access Orthograph at home or anywhere and work through the modules in their free time outside of school and at their own pace.

Students practice with Dybuster software both at home and at school, to aid students with dyslexia and dyscalculia and to provide an inclusive learning environment.

I have an easier time with reading text since I started practicing with Orthograph.” 

Alessio, eighth grade student

How do teachers track students’ progress?

Special education teachers, teachers and even parents can use Orthograph Coach to keep track of students’/child’s progress towards completing the learning goals they have established. They can combine the analytics provided by Orthograph Coach with personal feedback to both guide and encourage students.

Using Orthograph is especially worthwhile for students who struggle in writing.” 

Janine Grossniklaus, special education teacher

Are teachers satisfied with Dybuster Orthograph and Calcularis?

The special education teachers have loved Orthograph, to the extent that it is now used across primary and secondary schools. Recently the school has expanded their use of Dybuster software to include Calcularis the inclusive learning software for children focussing on maths.

Orthograph uses different senses to help me better picture words. This lets me learn better, especially in understanding text.” 

Dirjat, eighth grade student

To try Dybuster software yourself, please visit the Orthograph trial page and the Calcularis website.

Date of report: Summer 2015

Pictures and names were used with permission from the teachers and parents of students.


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