Enable Accessibility in Locked Mode in Quizzes in Google Forms with Read&Write and EquatIO

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In case you missed it, to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google announced several new updates to promote digital accessibility and inclusion for students with learning disabilities. In particular, they highlighted new partnerships for locked mode in Quizzes in Google Forms. Locked mode was beta released in the Fall of last year, allowing teachers to create Quizzes without the worry of students being able to search the web. 

But what about students who need additional support for reading, writing and math during assessments? That’s where Read&Write for Google ChromeTM and EquatIO for Google® come in! Over the next couple weeks, both Read&Write and EquatIO will be made available for use while in locked mode.

Read on to learn more.

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Transform PDFs with the Texthelp PDF Reader

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Portable Document Format (PDF) files continue to be one of the most popular file formats found both on and off the web. They’re great when you need to retain formatting, restrict others from editing, or save a digital copy of a file. PDFs are also easily viewable on devices ranging from phones to Chromebooks. 

However, when it comes to accessibility, engagement, and collaboration within PDFs, the file format falls short. That’s why we've created the Texthelp PDF Reader, which provides a speedy experience while integrating all the bells and whistles anyone looking to interact with PDFs would want. Read on to find out more.

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The new WriQ - simplify writing assessment in Docs

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Assessing student writing is a time consuming and tedious process. Reading through and evaluating dozens of multi-page documents and providing meaningful feedback during your “free” time is no one’s idea of fun. But we’ve come up with a solution that can help. It’s called WriQ® and it provides a standardized norm for assessing writing in Google Docs.

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What's the WriQ score?

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WriQ® is Texthelp’s newest Google Chrome extension designed to help teachers assess student writing in Google Docs. 

While the extension is new, WriQ itself has been around for over 2 years as an Add-on for  Google Docs. Thanks to feedback from thousands of users, WriQ has been completely re-written as a Google extension to provide more flexibility, features, and a better experience for users. 

Something new to the WriQ extension that was not part of the Add-on is the WriQ score. The WriQ score is meant to provide a meaningful number to help teachers know how well their students are writing by taking into account several useful metrics along with a national norms comparison. 

Keep reading to learn how the score is calculated… 

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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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Why EquatIO is Setting Teacher Twitter Ablaze

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This is a guest blog post from Deanna Toxopeus, an Itinerant Teacher of Assistive Technology at Ottawa Carleton District School Board. The original can be found on Deanna's personal blog: Muffins and Shenanigans.

EquatIO is a program that is setting Teacher Twitter ablaze. It works on top of several different programs and browsers to allow you to do math on the computer. Unlike many other things on the market, the user still has to do the thinking and the work. It doesn’t do the math for you.

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