Category Archives: Educational APPS

Dyslexie Font: Developed For Those With Dyslexia

downloadDyslexia Font is a print and electronic font designed to be easily read by those with dyslexia. The theory behind Dyslexie Font is that when text characters are distinctive it’s unlikely that they will be confusing to read. According to Dyslexiefont.com, “traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia.”

Dyslexia Font was developed by Christian Boer while he was a student in Amsterdam. It has won many honors including the 2010 Smart Future Minds award in Amsterdam. Boer, who suffers from dyslexia, was looking for a type that would make reading easier. He discovered that spacing characters further apart, creating a heavier base line for characters and making the openings of letters like c,u, and s more pronounced had a dramatic effect. Other aspects of Dyslexia Font include a slight right slant, different heights for smaller letters, and varying the length of sticks and tails in letters such as b, p and q. Additionally, Boer’s research found that text colored blue is easier for dyslexics to read and that the ratio of white space verses printed text has a profound effect as well.

Dyslexie Font is available as an App or an extension for Google Chrome. It’s invaluable for browsing the web, reading / writing email or creating Google Docs. Dyslexie Font is just as easy to turn off – just click the icon and text reverts back to the original.  For more information or to download a free version of the software visit  Dyslexie Font Website

Getting Up and Running With Greenwood Google Parent Accounts

google appsGreenwood provides all parents with a Greenwood Google Account so that they may access their  student’s Progress Report in a private and secure online setting. Additionally,  Greenwood Google Accounts are a convenient way to  communicate with teachers. It is simple to use Greenwood Google  but first time users may want some instruction for setting up and accessing accounts.  If so please call 726-5000 and ask for Mrs. Thomas or email Mrs. Thomas  mthomas@greenwoodjax.org to arrange for a  personal tutorial- it can be done in person or over the phone, usually  in 15 minutes or less.

If you want to give it a go

  1. Sign into the Greenwood Domain at www.google.com

  2. Click  on sign-in button on the upper right hand side of the screen

  3. Enter username and password issued by Greenwood School

  4. Click on the App Menu on the upper right corner (it looks like a square made up of 9 tiny black squares)

  5. Select Mail-  this will open your mailbox

  6. Select Drive from the App Menu-  this will open the Drive App where documents are stored.  In Drive look on the left side for the “Shared with Me” option.  Click on that and look for a document titled with your student’s “name” and “Progress Report”.  This is your student’s progress report.

All of your student’s teachers will update this progress report  in real time.  Greenwood recommends that you  check your student’s Progress Report at least every other day. In order to maintain a private and secure environment all users must be logged into Greenwood Google Accounts to access Progress Reports. If you have any questions about accessing your student’s Progress Report or you Greenwood Google Parent Account please call or email Mrs. Thomas mthomas@greenwoodjax.org.

Dyslexie Font: Online Reading Tool For Those With Dyslexia

downloadDyslexia Font is a  print and electronic font designed to be easily read by those with dyslexia. The theory behind Dyslexie Font is that when text characters are distinctive it’s unlikely that they will be confusing to read. According to Dyslexiefont.com,  “traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which  means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia.”  

 

Dyslexia Font was developed by Christian Boer as his university thesis while a student at Utrecht Art Academy in Amsterdam.  It has won many honors including the 2010 Smart Future Minds award in Amsterdam.  Boer, who suffers from dyslexia, was looking for a  type that would make reading easier.  He discovered that spacing characters further apart, creating a heavier base line for characters and making the openings of letters like c,u, and s more pronounced had a dramatic effect. Other aspects of Dyslexia Font include a slight right slant, different heights for smaller letters, and varying the length of sticks and tails in letters such as b, p and q.    Additionally, Boer’s research found that text colored blue is easier for dyslexics to read and that the ratio of white space verses printed text has a profound effect as well.   

 

Dyslexie Font  is available as an App (Android or MAC)  or an extension for Google Chrome. At this time it is not available for ipad or iphone but expect that to change in the near future.  When installed as an extension on Google Chrome it works by clicking the icon to translate the current page  into Dyslexie Font.  It’s invaluable for browsing the web, reading / writing email or creating Google Docs. Dyslexie Font is just as easy to turn off – just click the icon and text reverts back to the original.

For more information or to download a free version of the software visit their webpage at Dyslexie Font Website

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