December 2019

Personalize Writing Assessments with WriQ’s Custom Rubrics


Most of my days are pretty cool - I get to talk about WriQ and show teachers how we can make their jobs a little easier. Some days are a little bit cooler than others though, and today is one of those days because I get to tell you that WriQ now allows you to add, create, and edit your own rubrics! We understand how important this feature is, and we’re super excited to let you know that it’s here!

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Guest blog: Supporting striving students: Using EdTech for differentiation in the innovative writing classroom


Teaching writing is difficult. Results from a quick survey I typically give to the hundreds of educators I work with each year found that I am not alone in saying that I don’t recall ever being taught how to explicitly teach writing in my undergraduate work. It wasn’t until I entered my Master’s Program that I learned how to truly teach writing. It was around this same time I started graduate work that the school I was teaching at adopted a one-to-one laptop program, meaning, the school provided all students with a laptop for scholastic use and bring home with them each night. What I realized early on in this technology adoption and graduate learning was that I had the ability to differentiate in my innovative writing classroom much, much easier. 

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What does the college of the future look like?


This is a guest blog post written by Ben Whitaker, Dan Fitzpatrick and Steven Hope, hosts of the Edufuturists podcast. Together they deliver training across the world on education, technology and leadership, as well as continuing to serve in various education settings.

Einstein is reported to have said, “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” If that is to be believed, and we conclude that it is, we need to think differently about the problems that need addressing in our education system. Alvin Toffler surmised that, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write; they will be those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.. To that end, how we learn, unlearn and relearn - or think, unthink and rethink - is of vital importance in schools and colleges.

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Creating the ‘penny-drop’ moment


More than in any other subject, insight into mathematical concepts comes to pupils in penny-dropping moments. Finding a learning activity that helps to reduce frustrating barriers to understanding is key, whether that be a fun interactive game or a simple diagram. But, with many different learning styles, that sudden moment of realisation comes differently to each and every student, and so the maths lesson becomes a bit more complex. At Texthelp, we wanted to allow students to benefit from the visualisation of mathematical concepts and have the ability to interact with them in real time. We also wanted to give teachers a multitude of ways to engage student minds in relatable ways. That’s why we created EquatIO.

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