A Year (and a bit) with Assistive Technology

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This is a guest blog post from Deanna Toxopeus, an Itinerant Teacher of Assistive Technology at Ottawa Carleton District School Board. The original can be found on Deanna's personal blog: Muffins and Shenanigans.

A little over a year ago my son was diagnosed with as being gifted, with a learning disability. Specifically, he struggled with short term memory.  And, like many people with LD, organization is a challenge. I joke that God doesn’t even know where the papers my son is supposed to bring home from school have gone.  I then comment that apples don’t fall far from trees, as I am also gifted LD, although my LD is in spelling.

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3 ways to improve student writing with tech

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According to recent data from the National Assessment of Student Performance, two-thirds of K-12 students are not writing at levels expected for their grade level. The fundamental issue is that, nationally, writing has not been given the same attention as math and reading. 

When writing is not a priority in elementary school, it becomes difficult to teach by middle school when large class sizes are the norm. This begs for technology intervention.
 

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Free Professional Development at EduTech, Sydney

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The annual EduTech Conference is kicking off soon and the Australian-based Texthelp team will be onsite at the International Convention Centre on Sydney’s picturesque Darling Harbour. With over 10,000 attendees, we look forward to catching up with many old friends while meeting new faces to learn about their educational technology journeys too.

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Build the future with personalised learning

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It is frequently said that 65% of today’s school children will graduate into jobs that don’t currently exist. With this being said, preparing students for the world of work can become a bit of a challenge - how can you, as an educator, help your students to acquire skills for jobs that don’t yet exist? 

With the act of forward-thinking, and adapting the core components of a ‘future building school’.

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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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