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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We're enhancing our portfolio with the addition of new digital math tool

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We're excited to announce that we've recently acquired g(Math), a math equation and graphing tool which works within Google’s Apps for Education suite, boosting our already strong product portfolio in this space. g(Math), which is a Google add-on for Docs, Sheets and Forms, helps users to create rich math expressions and graphs for direct insertion into Google documents.

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New Ways to Score in Fluency Tutor for Google

This week, we are redefining the way you can score passages with Fluency Tutor for Google, giving teachers even more flexibility and control of how they assess their students’ reading. 

Teachers can now score as much or as little of a student’s recording as they’d like, and can check out some new metrics to get an even better picture of how their students are doing. Read on to learn more and check out the video below.

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Create audio files, customize your toolbar, and more with Read&Write for Google Chrome

Read&Write for Google Chrome users have yet another reason to be excited about the literacy support toolbar used by over 4.5 million students and teachers in classrooms across the globe. Today we’re excited to announce several new updates available for immediate use, including:

  • Speech Maker - Select text in a Google Doc or the Web and create an MP3 file with a single click.
  • Customizable Toolbar - You can now add, remove and re-order individual features on the Read&Write toolbar
  • Keyboard Accessibility - Improved keyboard accessibility is now available. Just activate the toolbar and use your arrow or tab keys to choose the feature you need. 
  • Improvements to our Icons, Dictionary, Translator, and more!
Check out the quick video below, and continue reading for more details.

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Introducing Teach for Google

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Over the last year I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking into what type of training is available to help educators get the most out of Google Apps for Education. On one end of the spectrum, I found plenty of “how-to” videos and articles that explain how to share a file, create a form, etc… but these didn’t really help with implementing Google Apps in an instructionally relevant way.

Then on the other hand, I found things like lesson plans that show how to integrate Google Apps into a specific lesson. While helpful, these were only useful one or two days out of the year, and were specific to one grade level and content area. Finding enough resources to last an entire year would be an exercise in futility for most.

What was missing were resources showing educators how to integrate effective teaching strategies (the kind that actually lead to an increase in student achievement) into almost any grade level or content area using Google Apps. What was missing was Teach for Google.

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Read&Write for Google Chrome Update - March 2015

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If you are a Read&Write for Google Chrome user you may have noticed a new look to the toolbar earlier this week. This new look was accompanied by several updates and enhancements to make Read&Write faster, smarter and easier to use. Continue reading to learn more...

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