June 2015

Coming Soon to Fluency Tutor for Google…


This week, Google announced a few new features for Google Classroom, and we are excited to share a sneak peek of how we are integrating these updates into Fluency Tutor™ for Google.

Fluency Tutor™ for Google, Texthelp’s time-saving leveled reading and assessment tool, will soon include the new Google Classroom Share button to offer teachers an even easier way to share reading passages with their students. With the Google Classroom Share button, teachers using Fluency Tutor for Google will soon be able to share a reading passage with an entire class of students in Google Classroom, with the click of a button.

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Wearables, Mobile Devices and a New Look for Education


This post comes to us from our CTO Martin McKay. He’s also our Chief Gadget Geek, so we’re happy he took the time to share his thoughts on how some of these gadgets can play a part in education. Thanks Martin!

I was interviewed recently, and was asked for my thoughts about game changers in Educational Technology. I got a little excited about wearables, and lots of people have been asking me to expand on the subject.

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Read&Write for Google Chrome Now Available in French


Texthelp is happy to announce that Read&Write for Google is now available in French! With a new update released earlier this week, Read&Write for Google users can now use Read&Write for Google tools like Word Prediction, Dictionary, Speech Input and more completely in the French language in their Google Docs, PDFs, and on the web. The toolbar icons and menu options can even be displayed entirely in French.

This is especially exciting news for our many users in Canada, where French is an official language and integral part of education in many provinces and school boards.

Read on to learn more about this update and how to get started with it.

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Using AT resources to help meet Performance Related Pay criteria


This week, we speak to Beverley, one of our Texthelp trainers. She’s been out and about training lots of Teachers around the UK and has picked some some useful hints and tips along the way.

Here she talks to us about how teachers can use Assistive Technology (AT) resources to help them meet the criteria related to performance related pay.

“Performance related pay is one of the main areas of concern for lots of the teachers I’ve been meeting. Working to specific objectives is causing lots of stress for already very busy teachers. While I’ve been training them on using Read&Write in the classroom, I’ve picked up some useful hints and tips on how they can use AT to help meet their objectives and create an inclusive classroom.

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Building a Graduation Nation


Last month the 2015 Building a Grad Nation annual Report was released. This report shows the progress that states are making towards increasing graduation rates in the US. It comes from the GradNation campaign put forth by America’s Promise Alliance, whose mission is to find ways to ensure students have the resources they need to succeed.

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