10 Q&As with John McGowan - the STEM Texthelper

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By now, you’ve probably heard some mumblings about Texthelp and our newest product g(Math), a tool that is making math digital. You may be saying to yourself, “But I thought Texthelp was all about tech for reading and writing?” And we were. Until John McGowan, the developer of g(Math), joined the team and we added math to our portfolio.

To learn more about John’s story, the history of g(Math), and what’s coming up next, we sat down with John for a brief Q&A. Check it out here!

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Foster Avid Readers with the Fluency Tutor Share Extension

Over the last year we’ve introduced dozens of updates (both small and large) to Fluency Tutor for Google to help students and teachers get the most out of the friendly Chrome app. This includes things like comprehension questions, data exporting, more reading levels, easier ways to purchase, and more. 

If you’ve used Fluency Tutor before, you probably know that it comes with nearly 500 reading passages out of the box. All free and sortable by Lexile level or reading age. In addition, there are student and teacher share extensions that allow you to create a Fluency Tutor passage from any Google Doc or web page. 

Not familiar with the share extensions? Keep reading to learn more!

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g(Math) just got smarter - and lots more fun!

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g(Math) is a Google Add-on that I started developing back in 2013 that makes it quick and easy to create equations, graphs, stats displays and math quizzes to insert in Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms. Earlier this year, g(Math) became the newest addition to the Texthelp product suite.  As such, Texthelp’s expert developers and I have improved upon my original design to create a more simple and intuitive tool for creating digital, accessible math. Just like your students who have already grown so much since the start of the new school year, so has g(Math).

Continue reading to see all of the latest and greatest updates we’ve made to the g(Math) Add-on, along with some short demo videos you can use to share these updates with your students and colleagues. 

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Practice Reading Aloud with Read&Write for Google Chrome

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A few weeks ago we announced several new features and enhancements to Read&Write for Google Chrome™ just in time for back to school. In both our blog post and webinar we also hinted at some additional updates coming soon. 

We’re happy to announce that the first of those updates, a new Practice Reading Aloud feature, is now available. 

The Practice Reading Aloud feature lets students select any text from a Google Doc or the web, practice and record themselves reading it aloud, listen to their recording, and even share it with their teacher! And it’s a completely free feature - the first new free feature to be added to the toolbar since Read&Write launched!

Keep reading for additional details on how it works, as well as a short overview video.

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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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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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