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A NEW Version of an old Favourite – Clicker 6! | The Spectronics Blog

A NEW Version of an old Favourite – Clicker 6! | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it
Clicker, the award-winning literacy support tool for both Windows and Mac computers is used on over half a million school computers world-wide and is in action every day in...
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Technologies supporting students who struggle with literacy, learning and organisational skills
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Apps for Literacy Support

Apps for Literacy Support | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it
Advancing Independent Achievement through Technology...
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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, May 30, 12:42 PM

Assisting teachers to choose from the miriad of apps that are available.

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No and Low Cost Training Resources Every Educator Should Check Out Now | The Spectronics Blog

No and Low Cost Training Resources Every Educator Should Check Out Now | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

In preparation for a new year many schools will begin with several days of on-site professional development for educators. While training is never a bad thing, much of the information gained prior to ...

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Thinking about starting a blog? Read this first… | The Spectronics Blog

Thinking about starting a blog? Read this first… | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

If you subscribe to this blog, you likely receive a weekly digest email with a summary of posts from the previous 7 days. You may have noticed that last week this did not...

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Keep Students Writing All Summer | The Spectronics Blog

Keep Students Writing All Summer | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it
Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on 6 Resources to Help Stop the Summer Slide. While summer break is...
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Fluency Tutor for Google Now Available | The Spectronics Blog

Fluency Tutor for Google Now Available | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly two-thirds of students in the US today score below proficiency in reading. To assist with this, Texthelp announced at the California Google Summit...

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Take your literacy instruction to new levels for YOUR students. All of them. | The Spectronics Blog

Take your literacy instruction to new levels for YOUR students. All of them. | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it
Learn how to differentiate the Literacy Block for your diverse range of students in all areas of literacy instruction - speaking, reading, comprehending, writing, spelling and creating....
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6 Resources to Help Stop the Summer Slide | The Spectronics Blog

6 Resources to Help Stop the Summer Slide | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

This week marks the halfway point of summer break for many students in the US. While much of the last few weeks have hopefully been spent near a pool or maybe even on...

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Tips for Training Students and Staff on New Technology | The Spectronics Blog

Tips for Training Students and Staff on New Technology | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

In last weeks post, 11 ways to get the word out about technology on campus was shared. While getting the word out is critical to increasing the use of technology, it will...

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Three cool things #2 2014 | The Spectronics Blog

Three cool things #2 2014 | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

HI again, Here are the 3 cool things I did this week:
1. WATCHED THIS GOOGLE HANGOUT:
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I am totally loving the idea of using Extensions/Apps within Google Chrome. Adds a whole new way for our students to engage with...

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Tips for Effectively Using Social Media in the Classroom | The Spectronics Blog

Tips for Effectively Using Social Media in the Classroom | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

A reasonably well agreed upon definition of social media is that it includes web based applications that users can create and share information through. This includes social networks...

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Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers! | The Spectronics Blog

Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers! | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it
Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com
Last week, Texthelp announced through social media channels that a surprise was coming soon in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Today...
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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, May 30, 12:41 PM

Read&Write for Google is a Chrome extension that provides comprehensive reading and writing supports for Google Docs and the Web as well as PDFs, ePubs, and KES files stored in Google Drive.

These supports include:

Read Aloud with dual-colour highlightingWord PredictionTranslatorTalking and Picture DictionariesFact FinderHighlighters and ability to collect highlightsVocabulary Builder to easily create a list of words with text definitions and imagesAnnotations (PDF and ePub)Navigational tools (PDF and ePub)
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Connecting with others via video conferencing: Google Hangouts and the alternatives | The Spectronics Blog

Connecting with others via video conferencing: Google Hangouts and the alternatives | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it
Jason Carroll's recent blog post Upgrade Your Next Meeting With Google Hangouts gave an overview of this increasingly popular video conferencing tool. He tells you how to get started and how...
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3 Note Taking Alternatives | The Spectronics Blog

3 Note Taking Alternatives | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

I recently visited a college campus and had the opportunity to talk with the Disability Services department about some of the challenges they face. While there are many, one issue that was ...

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Twitter Quick Start Guide for Educators | The Spectronics Blog

Twitter Quick Start Guide for Educators | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

Last week I shared several no and low cost professional development opportunities for educators to take advantage of throughout the school year. While this primarily focused on webinars and video tutorials ...

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Literacy Instruction Workshop tour – Through the eyes of an experienced classroom teacher! | The Spectronics Blog

Literacy Instruction Workshop tour – Through the eyes of an experienced classroom teacher! | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it
As a classroom teacher, practical application is what I need demonstrated and what I love to share! Teaming up with Speech Pathologist guru, Amanda Hartmann, for the up...
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California Google Summit – Resources and Reflections | The Spectronics Blog

California Google Summit – Resources and Reflections | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

Earlier this month the EdTech Team held their third annual California Google Summit in Palo Alto, CA. The California Summit in Palo Alto, CA. The California Summit is the flagship summit of the EdTech Team...

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“Literacy Instruction for Young Learners”: Workshop tour coming in NOVEMBER! | The Spectronics Blog

“Literacy Instruction for Young Learners”: Workshop tour coming in NOVEMBER! | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

Things may seem a little quiet around here at Spectronics, but fear not – we are diligently beavering away in the background, working on our next workshops and webinars...

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Educational Technology Leaders – A Great Resource | The Spectronics Blog

Educational Technology Leaders – A Great Resource | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

July is shaping up to be a busy month. From ISTE two weeks ago to this week’s national AHEAD conference followed by the California Google Summit, I am having the opportunity to connect...

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3 Cool Things #5 | The Spectronics Blog

3 Cool Things #5 | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it
New ideas and information is at our fingertips like never before and I plan on continuing to share some of the new things I have been learning. So this...
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Read&Write for Google Update - June 2014 | The Spectronics Blog

Read&Write for Google Update - June 2014 | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

A new update for Read&Write for Google went live today and includes several exciting new features and enhancements. I've included the details in this post. The most noticeable change in this ...

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11 Ways to Increase Technology Usage on Campus | The Spectronics Blog

11 Ways to Increase Technology Usage on Campus | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

Too often in the EdTech world we spend the majority of our time finding the right technology, getting funding approved, installing, etc., but much less time promoting technology to ensure...

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Read&Write 6 Gold for Mac Now Available! | The Spectronics Blog

Read&Write 6 Gold for Mac Now Available! | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

Today Texthelp released Version 6 of Read&Write Gold for Mac. The software has been completely re-written from the ground up and is now faster and contains many new features and...

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Tools for Summarising Text | The Spectronics Blog

Tools for Summarising Text | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

I just returned from a wonderful week in Australia where I had the opportunity to present and sit in on a few sessions at the Inclusive Technologies Conference put on by Spectronics...

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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, May 30, 12:38 PM

Useful tool for curriculum differentiation. Enables teachers to reduce text for learners who struggle with long sections of written text.

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What Will You Buy Next? A Look at Computer Market Share | The Spectronics Blog

What Will You Buy Next? A Look at Computer Market Share | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

Earlier this week my wife came into our home office to grab a computer. We currently have an iMac, Chromebook, and my work Mac Air, so we aren’t hurting for access to technology...

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Read&Write Gold ToolMatcher | The Spectronics Blog

Read&Write Gold ToolMatcher | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

Many schools looking for assistive technology supports that can benefit a wide range of students often turn to Read&Write Gold because of the quality and quantity of the features ...

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Upgrade Your Next Meeting With Google Hangouts | The Spectronics Blog

Upgrade Your Next Meeting With Google Hangouts | The Spectronics Blog | Learning Support Technologies | Scoop.it

I’ve always heard the saying that there are two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. This week being the deadline for tax returns in the US means this is likely ringing...

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