Texthelp’s New PDF Reader Now Available

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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. 

There’s always room for improvement however. That’s why we've been working on a new PDF Reader that 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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7 Ways to Introduce UDL into your Classroom

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled Thinking Beyond Averages in the Classroom that was inspired by a Ted Talk from Harvard professor Todd Rose. The post included some of the potential pitfalls of just looking at student averages and how at Texthelp we do our best to design software “for the edges” so that all students can benefit.

The post closely aligns with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which I’ve also previously wrote about on this blog. And while UDL is a common phrase in many schools today, it can be difficult to practically implement in the classroom. To help with this, I’ve put together a list of 7 ideas to make introducing Universal Design for Learning into the classroom just a bit easier.

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Read&Write supports Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at Chagrin Falls

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a popular education framework that supports all students, no matter their learning level or preferred style of learning. Therefore, Edtech that is designed with UDL in mind has tools and features that support a diverse range of learners. The staff and students at Chagrin Falls Schools in Ohio have shared with us how Read&Write has improved learning for every student.

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ATIA 2016 Recap

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Do you like staying up to date with the latest and greatest Assistive Technology tools and resources? If so, last week’s annual Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference was the place to be. With over 350 educational sessions, hundreds of excited participants and an exhibit hall full of great Assistive Technology products and services, this year’s conference was one of the best yet.

Not able to make it in person or follow along socially? I’ve included some of the top resources from the show below to help you stay in the know.

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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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Making Google Forms Accessible for Struggling Readers

In last week’s post I talked about how easy it is to create Google Forms to evaluate progress and listed a few reasons why you may want to create one. In this post I will be taking things a step further by showing you how to make those forms more accessible… For free!

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