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first_imgA Buncrana student has been named on the shortlist for a hugely prestigious digital media award.Claire McNeilis, a final year student of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI Galway, has been named on the shortlist of the Best-in-Show 2011 competition organised by The Digital Hub.Her website project – SpellingRules.ie is shortlisted under the Multimedia category. Claire,  a past pupil of Crana College, developed and designed the website to explore the use of digital interactive media and computer games in literacy teaching, with regard specifically to children with dyslexia.The website demonstrates that interactive media can be used to help children with dyslexia to learn spelling rules in a way that is primarily self-directed and enjoyable.The use of games to reinforce the content suggests that exploiting the inherently motivational nature of computer games to help children to learn is a viable possibility not only for literacy instruction, but any subject.Dr Rod Stoneman, Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media congratulated Claire on her achievement. “We are thrilled for Claire and highly commend her work. In this shortlisted project, Claire highlights the way that, at present, spelling rules tend to be taught in a classroom setting in a way that is not necessarily accessible for the dyslexic student.“Her computer application explains spelling rules, presents them in a way specifically designed for dyslexic users, and allows them to practise the rules in a simple computer game may help dyslexic students to learn and retain existing grammatical rules.”Claire explained her motivation for the project.“While computers can be used to teach material as effectively as teachers, there is not currently an effective, age-appropriate, affordable computer-based application which helps students with dyslexia to learn spelling rules.“Thus, it was undertaken to design such an application with the intention of hosting it online and making it freely available. The product teaches spelling rules in a way that is accessible specifically to people with dyslexia. “It combines audio with written words (many of the problems that dyslexic people have with reading and spelling stem from a phonological processing deficit).”The final product demonstrates that interactive media can be used to help children with dyslexia to learn spelling rules in a way that is primarily enjoyable and self-directed.The use of games to reinforce the content suggests that exploiting the inherently motivational nature of computer games to help children to learn is a viable possibility not only for literacy instruction, but any subject.McNeilis added: “The games have different levels for different abilities. The experience is more like games than lessons. The games include an inbuilt reward system. The product includes multiple examples of the rules in action and is aimed at learners aged between 8 and 14 years.” The shortlist is currently under evaluation and the overall winner will be announced on 14 September 2011.Details of the shortlist is available at Best-in-Show 2011Click here to visit SpellingRules.ieEndsDONEGAL STUDENT SHORT-LISTED FOR TOP DIGITAL MEDIA AWARD was last modified: August 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Claire McNeilisNUI Galwaylast_img read more

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first_img“I love Mike, I wish it would have never happened for him, but he dropped way too many balls,” Arians said. “So whoever we put out there is going to be fine.”Arians went on to say he’s not too concerned about a player’s height, noting that if a big wideout is not too fast, he’ll just have to be able to catch the ball over defenders. In three seasons — all with the Patriots — Dobson has caught 53 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns, with his best season coming in 2013.“I liked Aaron Dobson coming out, I’m really excited having Aaron,” Arians said. “But Jaron Brown had had such a great camp, Jaron’s that guy, too.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams (7) runs as Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward (12) pursues during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img PHOENIX — Though not necessarily seen as a weak spot, it has been thought that the Cardinals could use some help at wide receiver, and may look toward the draft to find it.To wit: Besides Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer, Clemson receiver Mike Williams is the most commonly mocked player to the Cardinals with the 13th pick in the upcoming draft.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians would of course not say who the team might be looking to draft, but speaking at the NFC Coaches Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore, he seemed to disagree with the idea that his team needs to address an issue at receiver. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I’m fine with where we’re at,” he said. “Getting Jaron (Brown) healthy, and now Aaron Dobson; the big key is John Brown — he is working out twice a day right now, not having any symptoms. So knock on wood that we get John Brown back, that we know.“Aaron’s another tall, big guy who’s had really good success. We all love Jaron, so a top-round pick isn’t necessary.”That’s not to say if the right guy falls in the draft the team will not take him, of course, just Arians does not see a big hole at the position.Last season, Larry Fitzgerald led the team with 107 receptions, which he turned into 1,023 yards and six touchdowns. John Brown was second among wideouts in receptions, with 39, while J.J. Nelson finished behind Fitzgerald in yards, with 568.John Brown was battling a sickle-cell trait that limited him all season, whereas Jaron Brown tore his ACL in Week 7 against Seattle.“He is so far ahead of schedule, but we’re not going to push it,” Arians said of Jaron Brown. That means even if Brown is ready for mini-camp and OTAs, he may not participate in all of it.One player for whom offseason work will be very important is Dobson. If he makes the team, he could be seen as a guy who may fill the role Michael Floyd held before he was released following a DUI. The 25-year-old was a 2013 second-round pick of the New England Patriots, and at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds brings some size to the position. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more