Tag Archives: English as a second language

Increase Reading Fluency Over the Holidays

Increase Reading Fluency Over the Holidays

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com It’s that time of the year when most students are dismissed for a couple of weeks to enjoy the holidays. While the winter break isn’t nearly as long as its summer counterpart, taking any extended break from school means students begin losing some of the knowledge they’ve worked so hard to obtain. This …

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Easy English: Making it easier on everyone

Easy English: Making it easier on everyone

Did you know that 44%* of adults living in Australia have difficulty reading and understanding written information? Did you know that in any one primary school up to 30% of children can be struggling with literacy? *Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013) Written information that is presented to people is often very difficult to understand if you do struggle …

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Claro Software’s smart suite of apps for iOS!

Claro Software’s smart suite of apps for iOS!

Claro Software have been in the biz of assistive technology for a long while and it is evident with the release of their growing collection of high quality apps for the iPad. I just thought I would give you a brief run down on the diverse suite of apps and their features. They really are easy to use, …

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Support literacy skills for early primary students with Clicker 6 on laptops, iPads and Interactive Whiteboards

Support literacy skills for early primary students with Clicker 6 on laptops, iPads and Interactive Whiteboards

Your young students are engaged and motivated by learning on mobile technologies like iPads and laptops. How can you tap into this motivation to support, scaffold and advance their reading and writing skills? There are MANY "out-of-the-box" early reading and writing software programs and apps of course! But few offer the ability for you to teach these critical …

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SpeakComputer – Text to Speech

SpeakComputer – Text to Speech

This is a relatively recent software program and one that is new to me. I have been experimenting with it in a number of contexts over the past few weeks and it is impressive. SpeakComputer is a very flexible and versatile MS Windows software program as it offers useful and practical features. Different aspects and functions cater to …

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A NEW Version of an old Favourite – Clicker 6!

A NEW Version of an old Favourite – Clicker 6!

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 over 90% of UK primary schools. The newest version of this much-loved program has just arrived – Clicker 6. What’s new in Clicker 6? For students, the new version …

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Simple English Wikipedia – what a simple way to create PDF books!

Simple English Wikipedia – what a simple way to create PDF books!

Simple English Wikipedia is similar to the Wikipedia we know and love, but it uses Simple English words and grammar. This is great for some of the people we support who have literacy difficulties or for people who are learning English. There are over 82 000 articles on the website – so heaps of topic areas relevant to …

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MS Word Add-Ins to Engage and Support All Students

MS Word Add-Ins to Engage and Support All Students

Microsoft Word 2003, 2007 and the current version 2010, has many features that cater to students who require additional learning supports. Some features are in the toolbars or ribbons, but are often not apparent or their use or relevance not evident. Others can be accessed via a mouse or preferred pointing device whilst others can be invoked using …

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Clicker 5 SuperDrive – Save over $7000 on 62 titles all on one drive!

Clicker 5 SuperDrive – Save over $7000 on 62 titles all on one drive!

The Clicker SuperDrive is an incredibly convenient and affordable way to own the entire collection of “Powered by Clicker” curriculum titles (titles released up until 1st January 2010). Gain instant access to Crick Software’s vast range of acclaimed titles to develop literacy skills across your school. Install on your network for access by all computers on your school …

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Universal Access to Text – Literacy Support for ESL Students

Universal Access to Text – Literacy Support for ESL Students

Introduction Some students living or studying in Australia who are blind or are vision impaired may also be enrolled in ESL classes. They might learn English more quickly, confidently and efficiently if their preferred or more proficient language of their parents or careers is also gainfully employed and utilised. Other ESL students may require or need to have …

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