Date
18 September 2019

Present information in different ways

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Classroom strategies years 1-8’

Support access and under­standing with visuals

Support access and under­standing with visuals

Linda Ojala uses visuals alongside text and spoken language to support access to information and increase understanding.

Ask students what will help

Ask students what will help

Often the way material and information is presented can create barriers for students.
  • What font size, colour, and style works best for you?
  • What background colour do you prefer for paper handouts or slides?
  • How much white space on a page or slide helps you focus?
  • What style of visual is the most useful to support understanding and attention (graphics, photos, line drawings, cartoons)?
  • What other things will support your access, understanding, and attention?

Offer digital versions alongside print

Offer digital versions alongside print

Students can customise digital text to suit their needs and preferences.

  • The style, size, and colour of fonts and background colours can be adjusted to enable easy reading.
  • A text-to-speech tool can be used to provide a listening or read-along option to support understanding.
  • Embedded supports, including definitions and background information, are easily accessible.
  • Text can be accessed or revisited anywhere with Internet access, removing time and distance restrictions.

Use multi-sensory approaches

Use multi-sensory approaches

Multisensory approaches are essential for students with dyslexia and valuable for all students.

Play video content with closed captions on

Play video content with closed captions on

Closed captions increase access to video content.

Here's how to find them in YouTube.

 

 

  • Search for YouTube and open the home page.

  • Type search subject (for example “frogs”) into YouTube search bar and press return key.

  • On left of screen, click the tab called “Filters” and a menu box will open.

  • Select “subtitles/CC” under the Features list.

  • Select a video from the selection of filtered videos presented by YouTube.

  • Check for accuracy before sharing with students.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

Return to the guide “Dyslexia and learning”

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