“Elluminate” Dyslexia by connecting dyslexic students across the globe for sharing and support

Located in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Assets School is an independent school for gifted and/or dyslexic children that provides an individualized, integrated learning environment. Assets’ environment empowers these children to maximize their potential and find their places as lifelong learners in school and society. 

Just one year ago, Assets set out to connect with other schools serving dyslexic students around the world.  We have already developed relationships with nine other schools and interest is continuing to grow.  This summer, Assets hosted free webinars on building online communities and connecting classrooms to support dyslexic learners. 

We have multiple classroom connections ready to collaborate at the start of the new school year.  A Blackboard Collaborate room will allow all of the schools participating to bring students together in a synchronous learning environment.  It will also allow for continued professional development and dialog among collaborating teachers strengthening their partnerships, and create more opportunities to educate parents about dyslexia.

According to the International Dyslexia Association, over 15% of the population struggles with a language-based disability.  Dyslexic students often feel alone and inferior in school.  However, by connecting these kids across the world, they can celebrate their differences, and realize that they do not have be defined or limited by dyslexia. 

Blackboard Collaborate can help us to empower dyslexic learners everywhere.

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Comment by Mike Travis on July 31, 2011 at 4:43pm
I was talking to the Asst. Head of School and I thought of another use for our Blackboard site, if we win it.  That would be virtual office hours for any teacher who wants it.  Or, the teacher could host virtual discussions in the evenings if students want to talk more about a book.  This could include students from other LD schools as well!  Cool stuff!
Comment by Dan VanRavenswaay on July 29, 2011 at 3:51pm
An idea I've tossed around for some time is to have teams of my students do sampling and/or run experiments for students that don't have such easy access to tropical marine environments. Sort of like the Space Shuttle astronauts do. (Or, I guess now it's "used to do.") A group would send us the procedures and supplies. We'd take this stuff into the field, document what we do, then mail it all back to them. We might also like to send them a box of stuff to do for us. A live/collaborative component to all this would be cool. It sounds like Blackboard Collaborative might be a way to do this. Can this also help us pursue our ideas about mobile learning?...live-from-the-field projects?

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