Rolling out assistive technology in a school environment

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This week we have a guest blog post from Randy Lyseng, an assistant principal and Certified Google Education Trainer responsible for a wide variety of technology PD and tools.

As a seasoned educator with over 25 years public school experience as a teacher, university facilitator, and educational technology consultant for a district of approximately 5,000 teachers, we turned to Randy to get his expertise on rolling out assistive technology school-wide.

If you are planning on using assistive technology or other education technology across your school or district this school year, you won't want to miss Randy's best practices.

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Top 4 Reasons to use Fluency Tutor with Students

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Originally posted on the EdTechTeam blog.

“Where do I find the time?” I’m sure you say this almost every day as a teacher. New initiatives, parent-teacher conferences, and dare I say, the dreaded fire drill. Each day comes with different challenges for which we may or may not be prepared. Sometimes we have a plan and sometimes we scramble but, either way, we are able to show off our superpowers and make something out of nothing.

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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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Get "under the hood" with the Snapverter dashboard

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Snapverter™ is a powerful tool that allows teachers to create digital and accessible instructional materials. In previous blog posts, we’ve explored how Snapverter can be used with different types of files and documents, and on different types of devices. Today we’ll cover an additional topic that can really take your Snapverter use to the next level - the Snapverter dashboard.

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To BYOD or not to BYOD…

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While out on the road visiting schools, we often get asked about the benefits of implementing a Bring your own device or BYOD initiative in a school. Today, Texthelper, Andrew tells us about the benefits of implementing BYOD initiatives as well as ways to overcome the few drawbacks we’ve encountered.

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