Bett finalists Texthelp provide free tech for teachers
Sponsored: Texthelp believes that literacy is every student's passport to academic, social and professional success
Many students struggle to achieve their potential throughout their educational life, and need extra support; perhaps their first language isn’t English or they have dyslexia or other special education needs. Other children simply struggle to engage with everyday maths, reading, writing and comprehension tasks.
The software developed by Texthelp is used daily by millions of students and educators throughout schools, colleges and universities worldwide. Texthelp have been meeting educators from around the globe at Bett for over 12 years now and this year, two of its products have been selected as finalists in the Bett 2018 Awards – Read&Write in the International Digital Education Resource category, and EquatIO in the Educational Apps category.
One Texthelp customer, Philip Bowman, High School Learning Support at The International School Bangkok, says of using edtech, “It’s such an important piece of the puzzle; critical to helping our students access content and play to their strengths.”
Read&Write makes the web, documents and files more accessible for students anywhere, anytime. It provides literacy support across a range of platforms and devices, integrating with common applications, web browsers and file types. Students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, individuals who speak English as a second language, and anyone who may struggle with reading and writing can especially benefit from Read&Write.
It offers a suite of literacy tools like text-to-speech, talking and picture dictionaries, word prediction, dictation, highlighters, annotation tools, and more. And with one easy login across Windows, Mac, Google Chrome, iPad and Android platforms, students can get support from Read&Write wherever and whenever they need it.
EquatIO takes the pain out of creating mathematical expressions digitally, and creates new ways for educators and students to create, solve, collaborate on, and explore maths and science content. More than just a replacement for pencil and paper problem-solving, EquatIO makes maths and science more accessible and technology-friendly in today’s classrooms, and encourages a more interactive and collaborative approach to these subjects. It works across multiple platforms, devices and applications, to support users wherever and whenever they need it. EquatIO includes a Windows and Mac application that works in Microsoft Word, a Chrome extension that inserts maths into Google Docs, Forms and other G Suite apps, and a web-based mathspace where users can create maths problems on a blank canvas and share with others. It offers something for all age levels and subjects, from introductory arithmetic to advanced algebra.
What’s even better is that both of these software programmes are free for teachers. You can sign up for your copy by visiting www.texthelp.com/freeforteachers.
“We’re delighted to be shortlisted in the awards again this year. As a literacy and learning company we are committed to helping all students reach their learning potential through improving their ability to read, write and communicate with confidence. From expanding the regions we operate in to adding crucial new features to our range of products, we keep our customers at the heart of our business, therefore ensuring all developments are created with students’ and teachers’ needs front and centre,” says Mark McCusker, CEO of Texthelp.
“We’re looking forward to returning to Bett this year to showcase the latest additions to our award-winning family of assistive learning solutions. Visitors to this world-leading learning technology event can get the first glimpse of our newest product – EquatIO, a tool that’s revolutionising maths in the classroom,” he comments.
You can visit the Texthelpers at stand C141 at this year’s Bett show where they’re making big changes by offering classroom-style presentations on specialist themes, including special guest presenters and even some sessions in Spanish this year too!