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December 2010
GlobeGlobal Success Stories with WYNN in 2010

This has been a very interesting year at WYNNing Word. It has been fun traveling around the world learning how WYNN and TestTalker are helping students become more productive and confident learners.


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Boats at anchor in the Gulf of MexicoOur stories took us to the Collier County Schools in Florida where we learned of a study conducted by the Center for Electronic Studying at the University of Oregon. We learned that recording Voice Notes is at least as effective as typing Text Notes and, perhaps, even more so for some students in certain situations. The study showed this was definitely the case for students with disabilities.

This study as outlined in “Study Reveals WYNN's Voice & Text Notes Enable Significant Test Gains for Students” demonstrates interesting points about the use of both Text and Voice Notes. Check it out!

People enjoying a day at the parkWe then traveled to Australia where we were duly impressed by the cooperation of community and business to join together to address the needs of Australian school children. Working together, The Westport Club and Quantum Technology created The Write to Read project. The project is addressing the needs of the five to ten percent of the school population who are experiencing low self-esteem, severe frustration, and sometimes social and behavioral problems at school and at home.

Take a moment to review “WYNN is Centerpiece to Australia's Write to Read Project” and learn why WYNN was chosen to be the heart of this project.

Evergreens covered with snow in a mountain passHome again in the states, we had the honor of learning about Patty Nizio and the staff at Rehab Technology Program of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services at Children's Hospital of Michigan. The staff has the challenge of working with clients from the ages of two years old through adulthood. Patty told us, “Our clients and parents/caregivers are consistently pleased when they see how WYNN and TestTalker can accommodate the clients' needs and provide them with the beginning of a future of more positive experiences with text and printed material.” Read more about Patty and her staff in “WYNNing Can Make a Difference.” You will also meet Amy and Elizabeth who are successful clients of the program. Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired by such wonderful young people!

Autumn trees and leaves next to a winding roadOne of the best highlights of our year was the launch of our WYNN Lesson Plan Portfolio! It is our newest educator resource that is dedicated to presenting lesson plans for using WYNN to enhance the learning process. The sharing of ideas is a powerful motivator for new users to see WYNN lessons that worked in classrooms around the world. We think your plans would benefit teachers, students, and individual users. Please take the time to learn how you can share your lessons.

Thank you everyone - contributors, readers, and staff - for an incredibly wonderful year! It has been a truly exciting experience to share your stories. We look forward to traveling the world again next year!

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Happy Holidays from Freedom Scientific
Learning Systems Group

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. Thank you for your interest in WYNN and TestTalker. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

Christmas bellRing in the New Year with WYNN!

The New Year will soon be here, and ATIA will be ringing in 2011 at its conference in Orlando, Florida, January 26 – 29. Learning Systems Group will be there offering several opportunities to learn more about WYNN and TestTalker.

Supporting Literacy: The Intersection Between Cognitive Strategies and Tech Support
Thursday, January 27, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Presenter: Roberta Brosnahan

Breaking All Boundaries: Universal Design in the Global Future
Friday, January 28, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Presenter: Ira Socol

Aim To Engage: Strategies for Success with Accessible Instructional Materials
Friday, January 28, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Presenter: Cathy Hoesterey

Increasing Test Scores for Both Special and General Education Students
Friday, January 28, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Presenter: Mike Wood

For a complete listing of upcoming Learning Systems Group events, please visit our Web site.


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