May 2020

EquatIO is multiplying: our latest mathspace & STEM tools


The feedback our wonderful users leave is priceless and helps drive our developer and product roadmap. With that in mind we are excited to share with you some new additions to our digital math tool, EquatIO. 

First up, we’ve got a new molecular viewer which will help students of all ages get to grips with the structure of molecules. There’s also new ways to create and build mathspaces that allow you to enjoy a multipage experience within the same space, as well as new STEM tools that will benefit users of all ages. Read Louis’ blog to discover what’s new as well as getting a sneak peek into the future of our new STEM input button. 

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Tools to support students where they learn & work online


With the move to distance learning, students are interacting with increased amounts of content online. This move comes with new challenges and adjustments to the way all students are completing their semester. 

Texthelp’s Read&Write toolbar provides access for students within the digital locations commonly used to host and teach online. These resources are key for many students to continue their learning and finish their term successfully. 

Update: The good news is that an integration with Respondus LockDown Browser is now available! This allows students to have access to Read&Write while taking exams. While some Read&Write features may not be exam-friendly, like an online dictionary that opens in your web browser, this new Read&Write “lockdown mode” allows access only to approved features such as text to speech, in order to maintain the integrity of the test itself.

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Coronavirus: A learning curve for education


As Coronavirus spread, school doors closed all over the country but teaching continued, presenting educators with a number of challenges; how do schools continue to teach? How do teachers know that learning has taken place and how do they keep students of all ages engaged? 
Originally featured in Open Access Government in April 2020, Patrick shares his thoughts on COVID-19’s impact on learners and how to design an effective interim strategy. 

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A new way to experience WriQ


Since we released WriQ as a Chrome extension two years ago, we've seen WriQ mature into a fully fledged writing assessment and student achievement tool. And now we're excited to offer the same solution from Microsoft Word users. Read on to find out more…

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Celebrating National Thank A Teacher Day Remotely


Schools are closed, classrooms are empty and teachers are connecting with students virtually. But this won’t stop parents, schools & students from celebrating National Thank A Teacher Day on 20th of May to thank teachers for everything they do in supporting student learning, especially as they are working hard to ensure teaching continues remotely. 

We know it might be difficult not being able to show your thanks in person this year, so we’ve put together some of the best ways to thank your teacher remotely. 

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