Introducing Rubrics for WriQ!

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Over the Summer last year Texthelp started about creating a new vision for writing support software. We wanted to develop a product that would allow teachers to easily assess student writing, track progress over time, and eventually provide access to a new writing metric that could help teachers identify how well a student’s writing is progressing, and be able to easily compare it to others in the school, district, or even state.

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Top 5 Ways to use EquatIO in the Classroom

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Originally posted on the EdTechTeam blog, this article highlights the top 5 ways to use EquatIO in the classroom. EquatIO is Texthelp's new math tool for educators around the world to use. This Chrome Extension allows teachers and students to type, write or speak math. Yes - this is the tool that will make those frustrating equation editors obsolete. 

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Enjoy the difference: Read&Write accommodates every learning style

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Here at Texthelp we talk to educators around the world who are keen to bring differentiated instruction into their classrooms.
 
They’ve often got naturally gifted learners alongside struggling readers and writers, as well as English Language learners and students coping with dyslexia. That’s a pretty broad spectrum of needs to accommodate.

The good news is that our best-ever Read&Write literacy software includes plenty of tools to complement every learning style. We asked Education Consultant Richard Michael to guide us through the best bits:

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Thinking Beyond Averages in the Classroom

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If you’re an educator, help out in classrooms often, or simply have kids of your own, you probably know that no two students are alike. They come in all shapes and sizes, abilities, strengths, and interests. 

Even though most everyone agrees with the above statement, we still tend to focus on “averages” both in and out of the classroom however. And this isn’t always be the best metric for measuring progress. 

For example, If you were to calculate the average height of a class, or look at the average score on a test, you’d likely find that few if any students were the average height or had the average test score. Instead you’d find that several students scored below (some possibly way below) average while others scored above. So while the average does tell you something about the class as a whole, it doesn’t account for how diverse classrooms have become. 

So what’s the alternative? Let’s take a look… 

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