Help Students Practice Sight Words with Fluency Tutor for Google22nd August 2016 -
Back in the 1930’s, Dr. Edward William Dolch put together a list of commonly used words that students frequently come across. He found that 220 words made up between 50% and 75% of all words found in children's books at the time.
Things have obviously changed since the 1930s, but many sight words remain the same. Do a quick search for top 100 sight words and you will instantly find lists of the top 100, 300 or even 1000 sight words, many of which are broken down by grade level.
Fluency Tutor for Google is a reading tutor that allows students to practice sight words. It's is easy as 1, 2, 3…
Does disability disclosure and self-identification really help support your staff21st July 2016 -
I’ve attended a number of high profile, disability focused events this year such as CSUN in California and the M-Enabling Summit in Washington. One of the most commonly discussed issues centres around the provision of assistive technology.
Assessing students, access arrangements and changes to JCQ requirements14th July 2016 -
This week, we have a guest blog from Caroline Read, Senior Course Tutor at Communicate-ed, who tells us about the impact for this year on the changes to JCQ qualification requirements and what measures schools can take in the interim before the new qualification requirements come fully into force in September 2017.
New Ways to Score in Fluency Tutor for Google2nd June 2016 -
This week, we are redefining the way you can score passages with Fluency Tutor for Google, giving teachers even more flexibility and control of how they assess their students’ reading.
Teachers can now score as much or as little of a student’s recording as they’d like, and can check out some new metrics to get an even better picture of how their students are doing. Read on to learn more and check out the video below.
Create audio files, customize your toolbar, and more with Read&Write for Google Chrome12th May 2016 -
Read&Write for Google Chrome users have yet another reason to be excited about the literacy support toolbar used by over 4.5 million students and teachers in classrooms across the globe. Today we’re excited to announce several new updates available for immediate use, including:
- Speech Maker - Select text in a Google Doc or the Web and create an MP3 file with a single click.
- Customizable Toolbar - You can now add, remove and re-order individual features on the Read&Write toolbar
- Keyboard Accessibility - Improved keyboard accessibility is now available. Just activate the toolbar and use your arrow or tab keys to choose the feature you need.
- Improvements to our Icons, Dictionary, Translator, and more!
Check out the quick video below, and continue reading for more details.
5 Tips for Studying More Effectively5th May 2016 -
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.