5 steps to inspire reading

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Reading causes sparks to fly in the creative mind, and leaves the imagination bubbling with thoughts of adventure. Important for a student's development, students should be encouraged to read in school and at home. To help get students excited about reading, we have pulled together some ideas to inspire them to take themselves on a wondrous adventure.

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Transform PDFs with the Texthelp PDF Reader

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Portable Document Format (PDF) files continue to be one of the most popular file formats found both on and off the web. They’re great when you need to retain formatting, restrict others from editing, or save a digital copy of a file. PDFs are also easily viewable on devices ranging from phones to Chromebooks. 

However, when it comes to accessibility, engagement, and collaboration within PDFs, the file format falls short. That’s why we've created the Texthelp PDF Reader, which provides a speedy experience while integrating all the bells and whistles anyone looking to interact with PDFs would want. Read on to find out more.

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What's the WriQ score?

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WriQ® is Texthelp’s newest Google Chrome extension designed to help teachers assess student writing in Google Docs. 

While the extension is new, WriQ itself has been around for over 2 years as an Add-on for  Google Docs. Thanks to feedback from thousands of users, WriQ has been completely re-written as a Google extension to provide more flexibility, features, and a better experience for users. 

Something new to the WriQ extension that was not part of the Add-on is the WriQ score. The WriQ score is meant to provide a meaningful number to help teachers know how well their students are writing by taking into account several useful metrics along with a national norms comparison. 

Keep reading to learn how the score is calculated… 

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How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience

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This week we have a guest post from Kasey Bell from ShakeUpLearning.com. Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, speaker and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting.

Dynamic Learning is all about going BEYOND the traditional bounds of the classroom and the class day. Going "Beyond the Tools" is one of the five characteristics of the Dynamic Learning Framework.

Think beyond using digital tools to complete only traditional assignments such as papers and reports, or simply reading a digital version of an article. Use digital tools to do NEW THINGS, things that are not possible without technology.

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Don’t Miss Out, Get Caught Reading

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This week we have another guest blog post from Andrea Ferrero the co-founder of Pockets Change.

When did you last get lost in a story? Maybe it was skimming an article online or spending an afternoon buried in a book. Whether for a few minutes or a few hours, reading has the tremendous potential to capture the imagination, inspire ideas, and build new understanding. Each May, “Get Caught Reading Month” encourages us all to take a little more time to explore and enjoy stories of all forms. An excellent kick-off to summer reading, this nationwide celebration was started in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers with a simple goal - remind readers of all ages the power, potential, and pure joy of reading. So, don’t miss out, check out ideas on how to celebrate in the classroom and beyond!

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