Working with Dyslexic Learners: Authoring in a Multimedia Environment
Dimitriadi, Y. (2002) Working with Dyslexic Learners: Authoring in a Multimedia Environment. In: Watson, D. and Andersen, J. (eds.) Networking the Learner: Computers in Education : Seventh IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education, WCCE 2001, July 29-August 3, 2001, Copenhagen, Denmark. Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, The Netherlands, pp. 267-277. ISBN 1-4020-7132-9
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The fundamental principles of the teaching methodology followed for dyslexic learners evolve around the need for a multisensory approach, which would advocate repetition of learning tasks in an enjoyable way. The introduction of multimedia technologies in the field of education has supported the merging of new tools (digital camera, scanner) and techniques (sounds, graphics, animation) in a meaningful whole. Dyslexic learners are now given the opportunity to express their ideas using these alternative media and participate actively in the educational process. This paper discussed the preliminary findings of a single case study of two English monolingual dyslexic children working together to create an open-ended multimedia project on a laptop computer. The project aimed to examine whether and if the multimedia environment could enhance the dyslexic learners’ skills in composition. Analysis of the data has indicated that the technological facilities gave the children the opportunity to enhance the style and content of their work for a variety of audiences and to develop responsibilities connected to authorship.