The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until April 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

TTRS

 

Touch Type Read Spell

Contact Tullamore Library, Birr Library or Edenderry Library to arrange access to TTRS or for more information.

 

If you already have a TTRS account, you can access this resources here: www.ttrsonline.com

 

TTRS is an accessible, multi-sensory online literacy course that teaches reading and spelling through touch-typing. Suitable from ages seven to 107, this highly adaptive resource uses phonics and typing as teaching tools to improve literacy for children, teenagers and adults. The dynamic combination of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic instruction teaches users to connect letters to sounds. It is particularly suited to those with dyslexia, reading, writing and spelling difficulties, and other learning differences.

 

Although this is a literacy resource, it also teaches the important skill of typing, and includes modules in mathematics, sciences, and more, and is a self-guided, individually paced experience.

 

This resource is available through Offaly Libraries. If you are an interested teacher, parent, or adult, please get in touch with Tullamore Library at tullamorelibrary@offalycoco.ie; Birr Library at birrlibrary@offalycoco.ie; or Edenderry Library at edenderrylibrary@offalycoco.ie for more details.

 

Who is it for?

TTRS is suitable for people with a range of learning differences, including but not limited to dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, and visual and auditory processing disorders.

 

Individual users and teachers must be members of Offaly Libraries.  You can find information about joining the library here, including how to join online: https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Libraries/Membership-and-OPAC/Joining-Offaly-Libraries.html

How does it work?

TTRS uses visual and voice cues to teach touch-typing. It strengthens the connection of letters and sounds through repetition, thereby improving literacy. For those who find writing challenging, touch-typing is an excellent skill to learn at an early stage.

 

How do I sign up myself or another person?

Contact Tullamore Library, Birr Library or Edenderry Library to arrange online access. You will be provided with individual login details and you can use the resource at your own pace. If you are a teacher, your school can be provided with an administrative login to manage your own students.

 

Please note that accounts that are inactive for over 8 weeks may be removed without notice.