September 2016

Practice Foreign Language Text with Fluency Tutor


We talk a lot about Fluency Tutor for Google as a powerful tool for students to practice and improve their reading, whether it’s young readers just starting to master their skills or struggling readers who need the extra practice outside of the classroom. But did you know that Fluency Tutor is not just for students practicing reading in English?

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Supporting students with dyslexia in an increasingly tough GCSE playing field


This week’s guest blog comes from Malcolm Litten, a member of the British Dyslexia Association New Technologies Committee. Malcolm continues to teach English to individuals who experience literacy difficulties, having enjoyed over 40 years as an English teacher.  He spent over half of that time working with pupils affected by dyslexia. Here, Malcolm discusses the latest set of GCSE results and what the implications could be for students with dyslexia.

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Read&Write is Back to School with New Features


At Texthelp, we’ve been busy over the summer adding some much requested features to Read&Write for Google Chrome just in time for the new school year. We have lots of new things to share with you about this release, including new capabilities for existing tools you know and love (like the ability to work in Google Slides!), and completely new features like our new Screen Masking tool. 

Continue reading for the details, along with some videos and screenshots you can use to share these great updates with your students and colleagues. 

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It's your story: celebrating International Literacy Day


Happy International Literacy Day! Launched by UNESCO back in 1965, this global celebration reminds us every year about the enormous importance of the written word to inform, educate and entertain. It’s also a powerful reminder that over 750 million adults around the world lack basic literacy skills – many of them women – often as a result of poverty and prejudice.

Closer to home, we’ve been asking the question “what’s the best way to engage with school kids and kindle their lifelong enthusiasm for reading and writing?”

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