#47 Dyslexia & Technology with Dr Kate Saunders of the British Dyslexia Association and Mike Tholfsen, Microsoft
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10% of the population are estimated to be dyslexic. That means that for every ten of your colleagues, or ten of your students, or ten of your relatives or friends, on average, 1 has dyslexia. In the work place, the law stipulates that you must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to accommodate the needs of dyslexics. That might mean managing overloading environments such as open plan offices, adjusting intranets or screens so that they are less stimulating, allowing for longer time periods for organisation or kicking off a dyslexia mentoring scheme within your place of work. But what is being done before work, in schools, colleges, and Universities to move the national dialogue to one which celebrates neuro-diversity at the earliest moment and supports Dyslexic learners?
This takeover episode features Dr Kate Saunders, CEO, The British Dyslexia Association and Mike Tholfsen, Microsoft Education in conversation about:
- Tools and coping strategies for dyslexic learners
- What resources, training and funding is available for teachers working with dyslexic learners
- Microsoft’s Learning Tools, OneNote and Class Notebook features for Dyslexic learners and the story behind how this came to fruition
- An efficacy pilot study between the BDA, Microsoft and Knowl Hill School in the UK on improving dyslexic learner outcomes
- Dr Kate Saunders’ own inspirations and tools as a dyslexic
Don’t forget to check out the solo interviews with Dr Saunders and Mike Tholfsen on The Edtech Podcast feed for extra insights.
‘If they can’t learn the way you teach, can you teach the way they learn’?
‘Everybody who teaches in the educational system teaches dyslexic people.’
– Dr Kate Saunders, CEO, The British Dyslexia Association
‘In the US, on average you will see four levels of reading in one class.’
‘Learning tools hit the right note, we saw the right responses. It’s not just about accessibility, but also about empowering everyone.’
– Mike Tholfsen, Microsoft Education
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Mike Tholfsen, Principal Product Manager, OneNote at Microsoft
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Kate Saunders, Chief Executive Officer at British Dyslexia Association
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