Further Thoughts on Math Sequencing and Dyslexia Part 2 – Flowcharting

Flowcharts for math problems are one way to define a solution to a generic problem. In “traditional” use a flowchart is used to program a computer. But in general terms, if a machine can be taught to solve a problem over and over again, there is no reason a student cannot use the same steps to solve the problem. One added benefit for the “human” student is that the teacher can help them apply the steps to a series of increasingly complex problems that are similar but follow the same algorithm.

An example of a flow chart lesson plan for problem solving can be found here: Flowcharting: A Method of Problem Solving

 

Some programs which can help with flow charting

Microsoft –PowerPoint, Visio

Inspiration

XMind

A number of programs designed specifically for flowcharting can be found here

http://listoffreeware.com/list-of-best-free-flowchart-software-for-windows/

 

Further Thoughts on Math Sequencing and Dyslexia

From my previous post, there were several suggested tools which might assist the dyslexic population.

A list of resource guides and printable Visual Organizers can be found here:

http://www.dgelman.com/graphicorganizers/

If you would like to create your own here’s some Graphic Organizer and Mind Map Software

Also remember that MS Office PowerPoint has drawing and organizing capability as well.

Math Sequencing and Dyslexia

Students with slower processing speeds or executive-function problems are often no different from their peers in math proficiency in first and second grade; but as they confront multistep computations in upper elementary school tests, their scores tumble because they lack the skills necessary to produce organized, efficient output.  These students aren’t losing their earlier skill base.  New tasks demand efficient processing in different domains.  The mathematics problems they now encounter need organizational skills involving planning and sequencing, as well as skills like handwriting, copying text, note taking, and other outputs requiring accuracy and efficiency [Emphasis mine]. These skills are often difficult for dyslexic students.  Students who struggle with processing multistep problems can improve their accuracy by employing several strategies that involve “walking” and “talking” problems through.(Woodin)

Possible solutions:

  • Visual Organizers
  • Flow charts
  • Digital Recorders
  • Math writing software

Woodin, Chris. “Math Processing Breakdowns * The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.” N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.

 

 

Dragon Naturally Speaking New Products

In mid-August, Nuance (developers of Dragon Naturally Speaking) announced through a video demo, several new products. One was Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional for Individuals (down not have group management) for $300 USD with an upgrade price available for previous users. A second was Dragon Anywhere which allows users access to DNS on Android, i)S, Windows and Mac. Dragon Anywhere is a subscription model and will be available later this fall.

More features for the products can be found in the DNS FAQ PDF