Monday I noticed there was something new in my address bar. You know, that white box where you type the URL into. I usually have a couple of Chrome extension shortcuts up there including the green, yellow and white flag for Read&Write for Google from Texthelp. Now that’s missing and there is a purple puzzle piece with rw on it.
Using my deductive reasoning skills (and by clicking on it) I discovered that this is the new icon for Read&Write for Google. Texthelp’s product line has been increasing rapidly while many old friends like Read&Write have been receiving updates!
Not only does Read & Write have a new logo, they have had the dictionary and word prediction functions updated! Users should see increased accuracy across these two functions. Read&Write is also available on iPads and Android Tablets! Fluency Tutor just debuted in January. Already some great updates are in the works for the premium features. Texthelp’s newest product Teach for Google comes from a couple of speakers you may have seen at the PATINS State Conference. Jason Carroll and Jason Gibson started thinking about how often teachers learn a new skill, only to loose it while trying to find strategies that it can enhance. To help teachers get the most out of Google Apps for Education they felt they needed to do more than just write lesson plans that utilize the Apps. The feeling was that this was too narrow a focus. Instead, they have created courses that utilize standards based, best practices as the vehicle to deliver training on how and when to use Google Apps for Education. Follow this link to learn more.
App of the Week
SnapType promises to be able to provide easy to use, worksheet filling/ annotation. Quite a bit. SnapType app provides tools to take a picture , create text boxes and type. Let me know if you have used this and like it. There are many teachers out there waiting to discover this!
I hope you have enjoyed, or are still enjoying Spring Break! Don’t forget to register for the PATINS Tech Expo on April 23rd at the:
Wyndham Indianapolis West
2544 Executive Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241
9:00 a.m. EST – 3:30 p.m. EST