Technology

Technology

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.

  • Every classroom in the Academy is equipped with a sufficient number of networked computer stations so students always have access to a computer.
  • The Academy uses the Linux operating system. Every student has his own set of files. Mediators have access to student files for grading and interactive lessons.
  • 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.
  • Web-based research is available at every station, with safeguards against students wandering into undesirable websites.
  • Mediators use an efficient reporting system to enter quarterly report information in a matter of minutes. This allows our mediators more time for class preparation and teaching the students. 

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.

Our students all learn touch typing through the CyberSlate® exercises, and when they are accurate at 35 words per minute, they earn an AlphaSmart. Once they show that they can use the AlphaSmart for note-taking in class, they earn a netBook. All stations and netBooks have WiFi or Ethernet connections to printers.

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.