Scientific LSG Presents
March 16, 2005 (Archive)
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taught for a long time and seen a lot of products," said Mrs.
Sequeira, "TestTalker changes the teacher’s perspective.
It frees up time and helps students succeed. As long as I’m
here, it will be here."
When Molly Sequeira, a learning support
teacher at St. Matthew's Catholic School in Charlotte, N.C., saw
TestTalker at the Learning Disabilities Association of America conference
in Atlanta in 2004 she knew she had found a unique solution to a
problem she faced everyday. Her students were struggling to complete
tests. Students had difficulty decoding test questions and couldn’t
focus on the answers. "I called my principal," Mrs. Sequeira
recalled, "I told him I’d been to Atlanta and the answer
was technology and TestTalker."
everyone has the same abilities and many of our students don’t
know how to take tests," explained Mrs. Sequeira. "As
teachers, we found ourselves reading the tests to students but with
time constraints, no teachers' assistants and a class of 28 other
students, it wasn’t a practical alternative. TestTalker allowed
my kids to complete the tests at their own pace. Many kids have
different learning styles when it comes to reading. We use technology
to make them independent and successful."
found the money in her budget to purchase a Teacher Edition of TestTalker
and a scanner needed to scan tests and worksheets. "For about
$600 we were on our way. It's an affordable answer for our districts,"
she said. "Other products we've looked at charge much more
and give you much less. For just a little more than our initial
investment we can have six students at a time using TestTalker.
We plan to grow the program so each teacher in third through fifth
grade can use TestTalker in the classroom."
Using the Teacher
Edition, tests, quizzes and worksheets are scanned. Then students
can complete them electronically. The Student Edition reads the
material aloud and students answer the questions. Utilizing a bimodal
approach, learning is enhanced and students are empowered to feel
teachers and students have already seen the benefits of TestTalker,
just six months into the program. "Our school has students
who have been identified with learning disabilities, as well as
students who just need a little extra help. My job is to work with
both kinds of students. My kids have different issues and TestTalker
lets me address everyone's needs."
not the only believer," said Mrs. Sequeira. "One of my
fifth grade teachers was doubtful that a particular student would
be able to pass her Social Study and Science classes because of
his low reading scores. I convinced her to let me scan the tests.
I assured her that TestTalker would do the rest. She was blown away
when she graded his test and he earned an 85! On top of that, while
he worked at his own pace, she was able to answer questions from
the rest of the class. Now I scan every quiz and test for her. She
is one of TestTalker’s biggest fans! My goal next year is
to teach her how to scan her own worksheets."
PRACTICE: We will take a more in-depth look into
the classroom of Molly Sequeira and how she incorporates TestTalker
into her teaching methods. Don't miss her students' success stories!
Maybe the students and teachers of St. Matthew's will inspire you
to investigate the benefits of this exciting new software!
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