How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience

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This week we have a guest post from Kasey Bell from ShakeUpLearning.com. Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, speaker and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting.

Dynamic Learning is all about going BEYOND the traditional bounds of the classroom and the class day. Going "Beyond the Tools" is one of the five characteristics of the Dynamic Learning Framework.

Think beyond using digital tools to complete only traditional assignments such as papers and reports, or simply reading a digital version of an article. Use digital tools to do NEW THINGS, things that are not possible without technology.

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To BYOD or not to BYOD…

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While out on the road visiting schools, we often get asked about the benefits of implementing a Bring your own device or BYOD initiative in a school. Today, Texthelper, Andrew tells us about the benefits of implementing BYOD initiatives as well as ways to overcome the few drawbacks we’ve encountered.

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5 Tips for Studying More Effectively

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As final exams are fast approaching, now would be the optimal time to review ways students can help themselves to truly understand and retain the information covered over the last term. We often assume that by high school students know not only methods to learn, but the ways which are most effective for the individual. But learning how to learn from lecture, reading, and videos is rarely the focus of any class. Here are five tips that will assist students in studying text more effectively. 

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Doing the math

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Classrooms can seem like bewildering places for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties. It’s a similar story for young people trying to master subjects that aren’t being taught in their first language. 

Today, it’s good to know that there’s plenty of support out there. In the space of a generation we’ve made huge strides forward in making accommodations mainstream for students of all abilities and backgrounds, and at every grade level.

Much of this progress has been enabled by assistive technology (AT) that’s now a standard fixture in virtually every modern schoolroom. But there’s one area of study where technology has struggled to make online content accessible: math.

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Ed Tech Trends for 2016

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Every year I like to look back at what has happened, look at the changes we have seen in Ed Tech and try to spot some trends that will help us build better tools for teachers and students for the incoming year. It’s that time of year again now, so I have spent the past couple of days looking through the analytics of our 3 million users of Read&Write for Google Chrome™, and the bigger group of students who use Texthelp technologies embedded in products from Pearson, Discovery Education, etc. Here’s my take on things: 

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