Supporting students with dyslexia in an increasingly tough GCSE playing field

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This week’s guest blog comes from Malcolm Litten, a member of the British Dyslexia Association New Technologies Committee. Malcolm continues to teach English to individuals who experience literacy difficulties, having enjoyed over 40 years as an English teacher.  He spent over half of that time working with pupils affected by dyslexia. Here, Malcolm discusses the latest set of GCSE results and what the implications could be for students with dyslexia.

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Read&Write is Back to School with New Features

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At Texthelp, we’ve been busy over the summer adding some much requested features to Read&Write for Google Chrome just in time for the new school year. We have lots of new things to share with you about this release, including new capabilities for existing tools you know and love (like the ability to work in Google Slides!), and completely new features like our new Screen Masking tool. 

Continue reading for the details, along with some videos and screenshots you can use to share these great updates with your students and colleagues. 

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It's your story: celebrating International Literacy Day

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Happy International Literacy Day! Launched by UNESCO back in 1965, this global celebration reminds us every year about the enormous importance of the written word to inform, educate and entertain. It’s also a powerful reminder that over 750 million adults around the world lack basic literacy skills – many of them women – often as a result of poverty and prejudice.

Closer to home, we’ve been asking the question “what’s the best way to engage with school kids and kindle their lifelong enthusiasm for reading and writing?”

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Read&Write has been given a new medical boost!

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This week, we have some really exciting news to share!  From September 1st, Read&Write for Windows will now have the capability to spell check and conduct word prediction with an additional 98,000 medical, and 8,000 pharmaceutical words (UK spellings only at present). 

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Help Kids Practice Sight Words with Fluency Tutor for Google

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Back in the 1930’s, Dr. Edward William Dolch put together a list of commonly used words that students frequently come across. He found that 220 words made up between 50% and 75% of all words found in children's books at the time.  

Things have obviously changed since the 1930s, but many sight words remain the same. Do a quick search for top 100 sight words and you will instantly find lists of the top 100, 300 or even 1000 sight words, many of which are broken down by grade level. 

Using Fluency Tutor for Google to have students practice sight words is easy as 1, 2, 3… 

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