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  • Educational Technology and Protecting Student Privacy

    Everyone is talking about Data Security and Privacy these days - and rightly so. The fantastic benefits that the Cloud and Chromebooks in particular have brought to education also have their trade-offs, and CIO’s need to be sure that suppliers are taking their responsibilities with your District and Student data seriously. 

    I thought it would be useful to help schools who are going through this transition by creating a checklist - A list of questions to ask your software supplier to help manage your risk, and ensure the safety, security and privacy of your data.

    Remember, under FERPA it is the District’s and School’s responsibility to look after the data - Schools need to satisfy themselves that their data is being treated properly if they entrust a software provider with it.


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  • 4 Ways to Teach Reading after 4th Grade

    When we speak of “teaching reading,” often we think that should occur for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. For students in grades 4 and up, “teaching” reading means supporting student meaning making through higher level thinking tasks. The following four teaching suggestions will help you to ensure students understand information that’s contained in academic reading.


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  • New Fluency Tutor for Google Features Now Available

    While Fluency Tutor for Google continues to grow in popularity in schools across North America, we’ve been working feverishly behind the scenes to introduce some new and improved features that are developed from feedback by educators like you.

    Since our most recent update only a couple of months ago, several new features have been added. This includes a “cold read” option that prevents students from accessing support tools when reading a passage, supports for additional languages, more detailed feedback for students, and more! Check the details, screenshots and a new product video below.


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  • Read&Write for iPad Now Available in French

    Read&Write for iPad provides support tools like text to speech, word prediction, dictionaries and more, built right into an iPad keyboard and a web toolbar for Safari. And Texthelp is excited to announce that Read&Write for iPad is now available in French! 

    This is especially good news for our friends in Canada, where French is an official language that’s used heavily (and often exclusively!) in many classrooms throughout the country. Read on to learn more and check out some screenshots.


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  • Model-changing behavior: Technology inside and outside of the classroom

    Technology in the classroom is here to stay. Fact. The recent OECD report on the effectiveness of technology and student performance got me thinking about the many conversations I’ve had over the years working in the Ed Tech sector. Many of these conversations centred round the impact of technology in the classroom.


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  • Read&Write is Now Windows 10 Ready

    This week, we’ve released an exciting new update to Read&Write for Windows version 11.5. This update provides even more ways for Windows users to access Read&Write – including in the new Windows 10 operating system, the Windows Edge browser, Office 365 in Edge, and on high resolution devices and tablets.


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