5 Tips for Using Highlighting Tools in the Classroom

Last week I wrote about Google’s new Add-Ons for Docs and Sheets and demonstrated how to find, install and use Texthelp’s Highlighting Tools in Google Docs.  This week I am sharing a few tips I wrote for using the Highlighting Tools Add-On in the classroom. While these tips were written specifically for using the Add-On within a Google Doc, they are just as relevant for students using Read&Write for Windows, Read&Write for Mac, Read&Write for Google Chrome™, or even regular old highlighters and a notebook.

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Making Google Forms Accessible for Struggling Readers

In last week’s post I talked about how easy it is to create Google Forms to evaluate progress and listed a few reasons why you may want to create one. In this post I will be taking things a step further by showing you how to make those forms more accessible… For free!

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Universal Design for Learning – Tips for Integrating into the Classroom

The term Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, continues to appear across the field of Assistive Technology. At the ATIA conference alone this year there were five sessions that integrated Universal Design into their title. While the topic is an important one, I find that confusion still exists about what exactly Universal Design for Learning is (or isn’t). For example, when asking people to define UDL, answers range from a software program to a variation of Differentiated Instruction. The purpose of this post is to not only define Universal Design for Learning, but to also provide suggestions on where to start when integrating it into your setting.

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Google Story Builder

I recently stumbled upon Google Story Builder and found it to be a great way to engage students in writing, which I find is half the battle in classrooms today. In this post I wanted to share a short demonstration of how Google Story Builder works along with some ideas for using this cool writing tool in the classroom.

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Free Dyslexia Font

Last week a colleague asked me if there was a way to access the OpenDyslexic dyslexia font that is included in the iReadWrite iPad App in other programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc… Turns out that several others had the same question so I thought a blog post on the topic may be helpful.  This also works out great time-wise because October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month.

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