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A Guide to Read&Write: Implementation Pack for Your School, District or Campus As an educator, you may know students who are struggling readers, have a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, don’t speak English as their first language, or just need a little extra independence. Without proper support, these challenges can present barriers to teaching and learning. At Texthelp we want students to get more from reading and writing by using technology in exciting new ways. With Read&Write students can become confident, independent learners in class, at home and in exams. We’ve put this guide together to help you and your colleagues get to know Read&Write. Read the whole guide, or just dip into the sections that are relevant to you. We’ve also included lots of handy links to other useful information and resources.
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Getting up and running with Read&Write
The IT Stuff
The Essentials website contains all the information you’ll need to set-up Read&Write on any platform, including Google Chrome, Windows, Mac, iPad and Android tablets. Make sure you have your Product Code, which you received in your welcome email, in order to log in to the Essentials website. Some of the information you’ll find on the Essentials site includes:
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Deployment guides Admin tools for Group licenses Additional voices (for Windows only) If you’ve got any questions, visit our support site or contact [email protected]
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Kicking things off with Read&Write
Introducing to staff
Now that you’ve installed Read&Write, let’s get started. To Kick things off, this presentation (with speaker notes) will help get fellow educators on board. It highlights several of Read&Write’s useful features, which can make life easier when explaining the value of the tool to your colleagues. Our Training Portal is another great resource to turn to when introducing Read&Write to staff. It consists of many short courses that bring together how the software works with strategies and best practices so educators can get the most out of Read&Write.
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You can also watch specific Feature videos on our website if you want a deep-dive into how each feature works. Best Practices: Identify educators to become Read&Write experts - select educators from different areas of the school, district, or campus to encourage widespread adoption Find early classroom adopters of Read&Write to determine best practices/use-cases to share with colleagues Use internal message boards, a Google+ group, or the school intranet to encourage educators to share their findings, ask questions, etc.
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Rolling out Read&Write across the school There are millions of Read&Write users around the globe. We’ve aggregated some of the learnings and feedback from these customers to provide you with suggestions on how to roll out Read&Write to both educators and students. This presentation template is useful when rolling out Read&Write to staff. It highlights several of Read&Write’s useful features to help you bring educators and students on board.
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Training resources For Educators: Have your Read&Write champions and early adopters train colleagues Set up Lunch & Learn days to review specific features of the tool Create your own internal promotional pieces or videos (find our logos here) Include training for new hires
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Rolling out Read&Write across the school For students: Encourage teachers to spend a few minutes in class introducing new features Identify students to become Read&Write champions and set up peer mentoring Include training during orientations for Freshmen and transfer students Use the school intranet/LMS to share resources and success stories for students and parents In addition, check out these case studies to see first-hand examples of how other schools rolled out Read&Write. St. Mary's University of MN George Mason University Webster Central School District Successful Campus Strategies for Implementing Read&Write Orange County Public Schools
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New software can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry, we are here to help at each stage. Our Training Portal is packed with short courses, broken out by platform, that come with simple instructions, videos, quizzes, guides, and great examples to help you and your colleagues become experts with Read&Write. You can even gain achievements along the way! Even if you already are a Read&Write expert, don’t forget to check the portal regularly for information and training on new product features when we release them. If you’re looking for a more targeted training solution for your school, we offer in-person and web-based expert training tailored to the needs of your organization. Contact us to schedule premium training. In addition, the Training section of the website and the Support site contain a lot of great materials, including reference guides, videos, “how-to” articles, answers to frequently asked questions, and more. Or you can always contact our Tech Support team by emailing [email protected]
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Case studies and Testimonials
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We have some great video and written case studies and testimonials from Read&Write users. Watch & read to find out how the software has helped other people and schools. Video case studies - learn how some of our customers are using and benefiting from Read&Write
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Customer videos - our customers like to create videos on Read&Write too!
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Testimonials - dive into specific use cases for various districts and campuses
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Our Support Site is chalk-full of information that will help you and your colleagues get the most out of Read&Write. The Support Site is broken out by platform so you can get specific articles for Read&Write for Google Chrome, Windows, Mac, iPad or Android. The site even aggregates the top 10 articles that customers are looking at and pulls out new articles so you can easily access the most popular and most recent questions and answers. If you can’t find the Support article you’re looking for, you can always contact our Tech Support team at [email protected]
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