Tech Tips from Readers

May, 2016

In keeping with the theme of this issue, we asked on Facebook and in the E2e Briefing for recommendations for technology favorites. Here are the responses.

I’m finding that an iPad with a keyboard and Notability (allowing simultaneous recording and note-taking) is working extremely well for my high school and college 2e clients.  —Hadassah

My son, with his array of disabilities (ADHD, dysgraphia, visual-spatial deficit, learning disabilities etc.) along with giftedness, uses Efofex for math writing. It has made a huge difference in his math classes (trig as sophomore, calc as junior, stats coming as senior). He has had great difficulty interpreting and drawing graphs in math and science classes due to his severe visual-perceptual deficits. His difficulty is compounded by dysgraphia for math as well as writing. Using Efofex and a laptop has been a game changer for him and his calc teacher. The calc teacher was against him using the program at first but loves the program now after he saw how much easier it was for him to interpret my son’s work.  —BB

Technology that’s a great help for 2e and math is EfoFex. Our son has dysgraphia and would not have survived high school and college math and science without it. They have a free offer for kids with documented disabilities.  —Lynn

My son recently participated in the Australian national testing, which has traditionally been a paper-based series of four forty-minute tests (maths, language conventions, writing and reading) that all Australian students write in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9. We applied for special consideration this year for my son to write the testing online (and we were successful). Having the ability to type the narrative story for the writing exam was brilliant and really allowed my son to keep up with his brain rather than pencil to paper. Without the computer I can guarantee his effort and results would be significantly reduced.  — Laurie 

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