October 2020

Even more ways & places for digital math for Windows and O365 users

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We recently made some changes under the hood in the EquatIO Menu, so now there's even more ways and places users on Windows and O365 can use EquatIO to make math digital, including a new unified login, full toolbar support for Word Online and an integration with Microsoft Powerpoint. Read on to find out more...

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Where to go and who to see at Closing the Gap 2020

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Are you virtualling heading to Closing the Gap (CTG) this year? Whether it’s your first time attending or you're a CTG pro, there’s a lot to take in over the course of the online conference. To help, we’ve put together this guide of recommended sessions. And if you find yourself needing a break from the sessions, be sure to stop by our virtual booth during the Exhibit Hall Hours to chat with our Texthelpers in one of our live demo or meeting slots!
 

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Introducing Rapid Reviewer - a quick way to score mathspaces

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About six months ago, I was doing a demo for some potential customers, and I had just wrapped up my presentation showing how the workflow between teacher and student works inside EquatIO mathspace. On opening the floor to questions I was asked, “do you have to open each individual mathspace to score and provide feedback? I can’t imagine having to grade 120 assignments.”  My last teaching role was teaching Algebra to middle school aged students and I saw anywhere from 115-130 students every day, so shortly after the call I remember thinking, we can defintely do better to speed this process up!

I shared the feedback with our team of developers, pointing out that the workflow was very labor intensive. So we set to work on improving the process. So now, I am excited to introduce you to our new Rapid Reviewer...

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Return to the new normal?

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This is a guest blog post written by Ben Whitaker, Dan Fitzpatrick and Steven Hope, hosts of the Edufuturists podcast. Together they deliver training across the world on education, technology and leadership, as well as continuing to serve in various education settings.

In our most recent podcast episode with Martin McKay, CEO of Texthelp, we discussed the issues surrounding the edtech sector and the state of play as we handle a global pandemic. Much has been written about the move towards teacher judgements over formal examinations, as we have discussed many times on the podcast, notably with Lord Jim Knight, Bob Harrison and more recently with Dr Debra Kidd. It is into this debate that we begin to look at the impact that the COVID-19 school closures have had on the UK education system. 

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Why we 'Go Red for Dyslexia'

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and this year, we are excited to be a part of the global community that is Going Red for Dyslexia. Dyslexia impacts 10% of the global population, or as many as 43.5 million Americans and 11.5 million British people. As the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties, we are dedicated to providing dyslexic individuals with the tools they need to break down barriers and unlock their full potential. 

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