Patrick McGrath

In the press: literacy for every learner Q&A


Originally featured in Teach Secondary, Patrick explains how technology can help improve literacy for every learner, right across the curriculum...


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1.     We’re used to talking about how brilliant Read&Write is for supporting students with SEND - but are you saying it has an even wider application?

Absolutely! We’re seeing more and more schools taking a whole-school approach to educational technology in general. Schools are now encouraging the use of Read&Write across the student body and implementing it beyond the English classroom; into every lesson across the curriculum. In a recent, independent study, Read&Write has demonstrated real impact for a group of mixed ability students, showing just how powerful the tool can be for all learners.
 

2.     What other groups of learners might benefit from Read&Write, and how?

Everyone - including SEND students , EAL students, Image of students in a library workingand your traditional high achievers can benefit from using the tools in Read&Write.  We definitely recommend schools take a whole-school approach to implementing the software, promoting equity of access for all learners. Read&Write is such a versatile tool that there are so many ways in which it can benefit the diverse ways of learning in a classroom.
 

3.     And can you give us an idea of what Read&Write can bring to the study of various subjects other than English?

Not only can Read&Write make all subjects accessible through tools like Text-to-Speech, the toolbar has many other features which can be used across different subjects. For example, in research heavy subjects like History or Humanities, students can use the Highlighters feature when researching online for assignments. In subjects that have a coursework element, such as Business Studies or Geography, tools like Check It can ensure assignments are submitted with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Handy tools like Audio Maker and Voice Notes makes revision easier across the curriculum. 
 

4.     What are the advantages for teachers in having Read&Write available for all pupils?

Image of a student on his laptop with headphonesSince our tools are designed on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), teachers can concentrate on making one lesson plan work for all students and enable differentiated learning. In addition, teachers can concentrate on what really matters; teaching, as Read&Write provides individualised supports and has many tools available to allow learners to reflect on and correct their own work. 
 

5.     What support is available to help schools make the most of Read&Write?

Here at Texthelp, we have a training and customer success team dedicated to supporting schools using Read&Write. We have training sessions, webinars and online guides and resources, all designed to not only teach schools how to functionally use the software but also to provide ideas like implementation strategies and lesson plans. 

For more information, visit our Tools for every Learner page.  
 

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