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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 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 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 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 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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Day 2 #28daysofwriting – Balabolka

Balabolka means ‘chatterer’ in Russian and it does exactly that on your computer. It’s a free, text-to-speech (TTS) piece of software which enables students to have electronic text read out to them. Balabolka is one of the best free TTS on the market as it has many features usually reserved for the commercial ones. It …

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