Resources: Research and Special Projects
Systems Group has done extensive field analysis and research with
students who struggle with reading and writing, and with educators
who specialize in learning disabilities. Our products were defined
and developed based upon this information, which helped us to create
effective and powerful learning tools. We will continue to post
our ongoing research. Additionally, we have posted relevant
web links and articles you may find of interest.
in this section you will find information concerning special projects
and partnerships. The Learning Systems Group is
committed to working with selected partners and to on-going projects
to provide the best products and services for our customers.
The Learning Systems Group participates in research on many aspects of WYNN and TestTalker effectiveness. We are pleased to share this research with the learning community.
The white paper "Scientific Research Supporting WYNN" contains a summary of extensive research that validates the use of WYNN's features in the classroom. Select the white paper link for more information.
During the 2000–2001 school year, selected teachers and students
throughout Washington State participated in the Learning Disabilities
and Technology project, a Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grant
funded through the state’s Office of Superintendent
of Public Instruction. The grant, administered though
the Special Education
Technology Center at Central Washington University
in Ellensburg, provided each participating classroom
with a variety of computer
hardware and software, including WYNN.
In spring 2001
Freedom Scientific approached RMC Research Corporation, the grant
experiences of these
known WYNN users to learn more about the use of
the software, its strengths,
and how it can be improved. This report outlines
the findings from the telephone interviews, teacher
The interview questions, survey instrument, and
survey results are included in the appendixes.
Assistive Technology for College Students with
Learning Disabilities UC Berkeley/Arkenstone Collaborative
In an attempt
to better understand the needs of college students with learning
disabilities, on-going investigative studies were conducted
to gather information in several areas.
What types of assistive technologies are helpful to students
with learning disabilities?
How can school administrators most effectively incorporate these
technologies into their programs?
How can assistive technology be improved to better meet the needs
of students with learning disabilities?
explore the compensatory effectiveness of text-to-speech assistive
technology on the reading comprehension of college students
with learning disabilities, Participants were asked to use a text-to-speech
reading system for four hours per week during the course of one
school semester. Compensatory effectiveness was evaluated through
from student interviews and reading comprehension tests administered
both at the beginning and the end of each phase. This report describes
Phases 1-3 and their implications on the use of assistive technology
for students with learning disabilities.
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