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All schools are equal but some are more equal than others

I recently attended the Festival of Education at Wellington College and heard Amanda Spielman give a keynote. Amanda Spielman, OFSTEDā€™s new leader gave a rousing talk at the Festival of Education last week. She listed ways in which schools were gaming the system:  allowing students with EAL to take a GCSE in their first language …

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Day 17 – the Exam Pen in an upside down video #28daysofwriting

So far I have concentrated on students who have poor skills – in exam arrangement speak this means those eligible for readers and scribes (standardised score of 85 or a range of scores between 85-90). But what about those students who are ‘a little bit weak’ reading? They can read quite well and relatively fluently …

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Day 11 – ClaroReadplus – Assistive Technology -#28daysofwriting

I’ve written about a free text-to-speech (Balabolka day 4) and how it’s incorporated into MyStudyBar (also free Day 3). I’ve written about a commercial one (ReadWriteGold day 9). Now it’s the turn of Claroreadplus – another paid for toolbar. The choice between this and ReadWrite is mainly preference (I think ReadWrite is a little more …

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Day 10 – AudioNotetaker – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

Prefer your notes in audio? That’s all very well but it’s difficult to go back to organise and highlight relevant sections. This great piece of kit treats audio like text and it’s a brilliant idea. I first discovered AudioNotetaker by Sonocent at Betts 14 and have watched them grow since. Good products do and the …

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Day 9 – Assistive Tech – ReadWriteGold #28daysofwriting

TextHelp is one of the biggest commercial providers for text-to-speech and their ReadWriteGold is very fancy. You know we’re always moaning about white goods? Knowing that washing machines do a gazillion things but we only use the 40 degree mixed wash? ReadWriteGold is a little like this – yes it reads text to you but …

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Day 8 – Free electronic copies of text books #28daysofwriting

OK You have your free text-to-speech – ‘Balabolka’ Day 2 blog TICK You have your free voices – ‘Ooo Daniel’ Day 5 blog TICK Your students are ready to go … Right, you say ‘read pg 64 of your text book’ – oh. CROSS So, what you now need are your text books in an …

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Day 5 – Voices – Assistive Technology #28daysofwriting

I’m not quite as famous as Ethel Cain (first speaking clock voice) but I was the voice of Falkland Islands telephone exchange in 2000 – Ethel and I had our voice recorded with a finite amount of things to say however, but a synthetic voice is different because a computer generates the sounds of words …

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Day 4 #28daysofwriting – Assistive Tech – How to train your Dragon

Dragon Naturally Speaking is commercial voice recognition software. There are free versions which are very good such as windows 8 speech recognition and one on MyStudyBar (see Day 3). I have to admit however that I’ve fallen in love with Dragon and, where possible, I buy it for my students. It is, in my opinion, …

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Day 3 #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technology – MyStudyBar

MyStudyBar is from eduapps. This is a free bar of goodness which sits at the top of your computer. It’s also a portable app meaning you can have it on a USB stick to be loaded onto computers around the school. I know more colleges using this than schools but blimey, if you can’t afford …

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