Bright children with learning disabilities often learn faster, better, and more independently when they’re taught to use today’s advanced learning technologies. Ben Bronz Academy endeavors to be a leader in the adaptation of technology that fosters learning. As early as 1985, we invested in equipment and software, and where necessary, we created programs to enhance learning.
- We have built CyberSlate, an application that assists students in practicing basic reading, writing, and math. Our CyberWriter is a no frills word processor for the dyslexic student, which provides a workbench for learning writing and note-taking.
- Our Feedback Awareness point system is recorded by the mediators in the classroom, and stored in a database at the end of classes. Students know at all times what they’re doing to enhance their learning and if they are doing anything that is impeding their learning.
Daily Skill Practice Greatly Accelerates Learning
All Academy students use CyberSlate® for skill-building. They practice their one-minute timings under the watchful eyes of the mediators for about 30 minutes of the school day (in 10 minute sessions). They also practice these exercises at home daily (including weekends), because we have found that daily practice greatly accelerates the learning of basic skills. CyberSlate® connects with our server so all data from home and school is kept current.
Instant Feedback Awareness Motivates Students And Keeps Them On Task
Our Feedback Awareness point system, in which points are awarded uniformly in all classes for positive or negative behaviors as they occur, is efficiently managed in a database. Our mediators award points in every class for anything that contributes to a student’s learning. At the end of the class period, the mediator enters the tallies in a customized data-entry grid. The database tallies can be reviewed in table or chart form by mediators and students at any time.