Ed Tech Trends for 2016

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Every year I like to look back at what has happened, look at the changes we have seen in Ed Tech and try to spot some trends that will help us build better tools for teachers and students for the incoming year. It’s that time of year again now, so I have spent the past couple of days looking through the analytics of our 3+ million users of Read&Write for Google Chrome™, and the bigger group of students who use Texthelp technologies embedded in products from Pearson, Discovery Education, etc. Here’s my take on things: 

 

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Is the EdTech takeover coming to the UK?

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Who wouldn’t want to be a student in today’s classroom? Whether you have your own iPad to bring to school each morning or each classroom has a suite of state-of-the-art computers, education in the UK is slowly being revolutionised by EdTech!

 

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Texthelpers’ guide to holiday reading

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It’s been a busy term! Don’t let all the hard work go to waste over the holidays; why not give your pupils a list of inspirational reads to get their teeth into during the break? We’ve asked some of our Texthelpers to tell us about their favourite seasonal reads.

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New Fluency Tutor for Google Features Now Available

While Fluency Tutor for Google continues to grow in popularity in schools across North America, we’ve been working feverishly behind the scenes to introduce some new and some improved features that are developed from feedback by educators like you..

Since our most recent update only a couple of months ago, several new features have been added. This includes a “cold read” option that prevents students from accessing support tools when reading a passage, supports for additional languages, more detailed feedback for students, and more! Check the details, screenshots and a new product video below.

 

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St. Benedict’s students have an appetite for technology

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Monday 7th December saw schools and educators celebrate the Hour of Code, encouraging students to take up computer science. 

Here at Texthelp we’re passionate about education and technology so we were delighted to be able to work in partnership with one local school to help teach the pupils there a thing or two about software engineering.

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Read&Write for iPad Now Available in French

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Read&Write for iPad provides support tools like text to speech, word prediction, dictionaries and more, built right into an iPad keyboard and a web toolbar for Safari. And Texthelp is excited to announce that Read&Write for iPad is now available in French! 

This is especially good news for our friends in Canada, where French is an official language that’s used heavily (and often exclusively!) in many classrooms throughout the country. Read on to learn more and check out some screenshots.

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