Reading Difficulties – Benjamin Zephaniah learns about the new technology helping children with their reading!
We are so proud to see our technology making such a difference in classrooms across the UK!
“There should be no stigma attached to having difficulties with reading, just solutions to help children move forward in their own individual way.”
The BBC One Show sent poet Benjamin Zephaniah to a primary school to see our ground-breaking technology being used to help children read. This fantastic feature also explores how our technology can provide schools with an objective overview of how lockdown has impacted literacy levels.
Benjamin Zephaniah, who has dyslexia, was instantly flagged as needing additional support when he took the assessment himself.
Stephen Park, managing director, said: “The Lexplore technology is now used by many schools to assess pupils’ level in reading. In a few minutes, a teacher can know if a child as young as six has any issues with reading speed, comprehension, decoding skills, and much more. It will even highlight if they should be sent for further assessment for dyslexia.
“Identifying issues with reading early and providing the right support is the key to unlocking learning for many children. Using Lexplore Analytics, within minutes, a teacher knows exactly how to support each child in their class. It’s a gamechanger.”
The technology monitors the way a child’s eyes move as they progress through the test. By registering how long the eyes rest on one word and how quickly they move forwards or backwards across a series of words, it can identify any issues and offers teachers a startling insight into the cognitive processes a child goes through whilst reading.
“Had this technology existed when Benjamin was at school, he would have received support much more quickly for his dyslexia,” says Stephen.
Awareness of the difficulties children experience with literacy has increased as a result of The One Show broadcast. The phone has been ringing off the hook at Lexplore Analytics from schools, associations, and individuals wanting to know how they can get their hands on the innovative eye-tracker. There has even been an inquiry from the US.
“The positive part for us is that greater awareness will mean that so many more children will get the help they need earlier, and far fewer children will be at risk of falling under the radar,” says Stephen.