5 Tools to Help Create a Distraction Free Environment

The ability for students (and teachers) to be productive in the classroom, at home, or anywhere in between is no easy task. At any given time phones ring, emails chime, people interrupt you, or other disruptions occur. Unfortunately, aside from locking yourself in a soundproof technology free room, there isn’t a simple solution that will work for everyone. However, there are some tools that can help. I’ve listed five of my favorites below.

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TeacherCast - Great Online EdTech Resource for Educators

Last month, we stumbled upon a funny little excerpt from a podcast that one of Texthelp’s products was mentioned in. In the excerpt, a guest of the show said that if she could only bring one Chrome extension on a deserted island, she would take Read&Write for Google Chrome with the Word Prediction tool [see video below]. What struck us wasn’t that we were mentioned, while we were honored that we made Samantha’s island choice, it was the quality of the show’s resourcefulness, the beat of the conversations and the manner of how the host ran the show. It was informative while still fun to watch. It had some laugh out loud moments and was really professionally put together. I wanted to watch more and I just had to get in touch with the creator and host.

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Speech Input, Simplify and Summarize Now Part of Read&Write for Google Chrome!

The 2014 school year is now well underway for most schools in North America and what better way to start the new year than with a new Read&Write for Google Chrome update! New premium features including Speech Input for Google Docs, Highlighting and Vocabulary support for web pages, and a new Simplify and Summarize tool for the web are now available.  Continue reading for details (and videos!).

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Twitter Quick Start Guide for Educators

Twitter is one of the best sources of up to date information for educators that I have found. However, if you are new to Twitter it can be a little intimidating at first to understand how to create an account, who to follow, what to tweet, and so on. The purpose of this post is to serve as a quick start guide for those looking to join for the first time or become more active in the Twitter community.

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