Why Wikis with Dyslexia?Edit
Dyslexia, or deficits in language, particularly reading skills, has long been connected with increased ability in non-verbal and visual-spatial processing skills.1 This theory seems to extend back in 1982. Some evidence suggests it is genetic and is a brain difference that is acquired shortly after birth.1
Playing to the strengths of the individuals help them develop skills in weaker areas. So combining the ability to visualize and use 3-D processing skills in an environment where the language use is quick (“Wiki” comes from a Hawaiian word for “quick”) and focused could be a way to get dyslexics to read and write while hardly noticing that they are practicing these skills.
So what does 3-D processing have to do with Wikis?Edit
3-D processing has to do with visualizing hypertext, and the inter-relatedness of links. It has to do with page layout and organization, and on this wiki, it has to do with the major subject matter- drawn and sculpted monsters. It also has to do with imagining the biology and ecosystems of these creatures.
Wikis have been used to successfully teach English as a second language.2 What is particularly effective about that approach is that it allows the teacher to track every change that is made in the wiki and see each little thing they learned and revised.
Wikis are also collaborative by nature. Those working on wikis do not only learn and revise their own writing but can also see the changes other people have made to their writing and learn for that.
Now the test:Edit
Can I get Mr. E to write on his own Monsterous Wiki? Watch this page for updates and links to Mr. E’s own experience on this wiki.
Notes and ReferencesEdit
1 Craggs, Jason G. "Brain Morphology and Neuropsychological Profiles in A Family Displaying Dyslexia and Superior Nonverbal Intelligence." Cortex 42.8 (2006): 1107-1118.2 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0346251X08000444