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Technology

Rawson Saunders students are taught to be skillful, highly responsible, and confident technology users. Through our tech integration initiatives, we show our students how to make the most of the tools available to them.

Why is technology important for dyslexic students?

  • Assistive technology such as note taking apps, speech-to-text dictation apps, and recording capabilities are instrumental study aids for dyslexic students. Text-to-speech capability, and the option to increase the speed of the speech (see sidebar) is also an extremely helpful resource for our students.
  • The ability to adjust font size, color, and brightness on digital readers such as iPads and Kindles has proven to increase reading fluency and comprehension in dyslexic students.
  • Audio books—through Learning Ally, iTunes, or Kindle—open a world of literature (as well as nonfiction and textbooks) that dyslexic readers might not have the ability, time, or stamina to read in traditional book form.
  • Digital devices can become conduits of creativity for dynamic multimedia presentations, story creation, filmmaking, animation, visual art, 3-D art, design, architecture, engineering, music, and so much more!
  • Organization is a key to success for dyslexic students and technology can help manage daily and long term responsibilities such as homework, school projects, schedules, deadlines, important events, notes, and files.
  • Technology is becoming increasingly (and exceptionally) user-friendly for all ages. As students' writing and digital literacy skills improve, laptops are an important tool in developing and expressing these abilities. 

iPads!


Specs: full-size iPad Generation 3 or higher WiFi model (no need for cellular plan).  Minimum storage capacity is sufficient for school purposes more is recommended for personal use.

Care:  Age appropriate protective case (with accompanying keyboard for Grades 5 and 6); headphones. Label iPad itself, case, and headphones. Charge iPad overnight for school use, and perform updates as available. 

We encourage parents to take advantage of parental restrictions. 

Apps!


Each student receives an individualized list of required apps (some pre-purchased), depending on their grade and classes. 

All students are required to have the Google Suite of apps (Chrome, Photos, Drive, Docs, Slides, and Sheets).

Laptops!


Laptops are required for all students in Grades 7 and up, and for some Grade 6 classes.

Requirement: PC or Mac (no Chromebooks), with Google Chrome browser and Microsoft Office installed.

UltraKey Online


Keyboarding is an essential skill in today's digital world, and is especially important for dyslexic students.

Every student is introduced to keyboarding instruction in Grade 4.  Keyboards are required to accompany iPads in Grades 5 and 6, and recommended in Grade 4, to allow for further practice.

RS Tech Policies

Digital citizenship: our students are instructed to use technology safely, respectfully, and responsibly.

Use of electronics (including iPads and phones) is not allowed at arrival/dismissal, between classes, lunch, recess, or any non-academic time.

All non-school apps are prohibited during the school day.

RS Parent Resources

Parent Portal Tech Deck
A resource site exclusively for RS parents.

Parents are always welcome to attend tech help sessions or schedule individual appointments to support student tech needs.


How to turn on text-to-speech on iPads and iPhones.
Use the text-to-speech feature on the iPad to listen to text as fast as mainstream readers read.
How to use speech-to-text software. You talk, the computer writes.

Fighting Dyslexia
with Shrinking Screens

  Listen to Harvard professor, astrophysicist, and dyslexia researcher, Dr. Matthew Schneps, discuss how digital devices like iPads help dyslexic readers with speed, focus, and comprehension.


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