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Supporting Reading, Writing and Maths Presentation Resources and More

Supporting Reading, Writing and Maths

Presentation Resources and More



Texthelp Toolkit

Literacy is every student’s passport to academic achievement. Texthelp’s technology solutions for reading, writing, language and STEM learning are used daily by students and educators worldwide. Over 40 million in fact.




Fluency Tutor for Google


Online and Remote Learning


If you need to use online or remote teaching learning platforms, these resources will help you explore options.


Texthelp tools

How to use Texthelp tools to enhance Remote Learning for Schools

Coronavirus and Schools Closures


Other teaching and online resources

For Teachers

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Teaching Resources:

NZ Ministry of Education

Learning from Home

Kauwhata Reo

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

What works in online distance teaching and learning

NSW Department of Education

Learning from Home

Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria

Online Resource Hub for VicTeachers

Catholic Education

CES Continuity of Learning Site

A webinar series from Deploy Learning and Unstuck Learning

Online Together YouTube Channel


Executive Functioning in Online Environments


Coronavirus support hub – supporting teachers, schools and students

National Association of Special Education Teachers (USA)

Resource Links for Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs Online

From the folks at Albert

105 Tools for Distance Learning & Strategies for Student Engagement

Extensive guide from Kathleen Morris

Resources for teaching online due to school closures

Ditch That Textbook

70 eLearning activities, templates and tutorials

Common Sense

Resources for Educators During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Ask an Expert: The Google for Education Community supporting ANZ teachers deal with the Covid-19 situation

Google – A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Teach from Home

New Visions for Public Schools

Remote Teaching and Learning Website


COVID 19 Digital Lesson Templates

Microsoft Education

Making the transition to remote learning

Microsoft Teams for Education

Remote teaching and learning in Office 365 Education

Langwitches – Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Remote learning is an opportunity for many things

Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online during the coronavirus outbreak

Free access is available until the end of May 2020

Other Resources:

eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) Australia. National independent regulator for online safety

COVID-19: keeping schools and learning safe online


For Parents

Illinois State Board of Education

These Are the Hours Your Kid Should Be Homeschooling Per Day Based on Their Grade

Google Classroom

The Parents’ Guide To  Google Classroom

Common Sense

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Keeping children educated and entertained during COVID-19 crisis…It’s easy as ABC


Online Learning 

John Hattie

Visible Learning Effect Sizes When Schools Are Closed: What Matters and What Does Not

Griffith University

A series of videos to assist teachers “how to teach online”

Harvard University

Best Practices: Online Pedagogy

We Are Teachers

The Dos and Don’ts of Teaching Online

Education Rickshaw

The Unproductive Debate of Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning

The Quad

Synchronous Learning vs. Asynchronous Learning in Online Education

UMass Boston video

Synchronous & Asynchronous Learning in an Online Course




The ability to access text via text to speech technology on a computer or mobile device may seem simple enough, but for some students the combination of text appearing on a screen together with the device speaking that text aloud can be truly transformative. Students who may benefit from text to speech technology include students with low vision and who are blind, students who are not reading in their first language, students struggling with reading, and students with cognitive load challenges.  


Where can you find out more about text to speech:

For all OS – Read&Write

Mac OS — Text to Speech:

Windows – Microsoft Learning Tools and


Mac iOS — Speak Selection and Speak Screen

Android — Text to Speech

Kindle Fire Accessibility

How to get started with Google Text-to-Speech


For dyslexic students, are smart phones easier to read than books?


Images enhance comprehension


Struggling readers benefit greatly from illustrations provided in the text.


The Problem with Reading Informational Texts


Ebook Readers on devices other than an iPad:

Calibre – support for Mac, Linux and Windows

FBReader – support for Mac and Windows, plus Android/iOS apps

Firefox EPUBReader Add-On  – Expansion for the Firefox internet browser on Mac and Windows

Readium – ebook reader for Chrome


Text to Speech



Teachers can install a trial of Read&Write, and then sign up to get a free Premium Teacher Subscription. See the following link for more details:

Free for Teachers

Chrome Extensions

Chrome Speak



Select and Speak

Oribi Speak for Chrome

Spoken Text


Reading Fluency and Comprehension

Reading fluency 

The following has a chart of reading speed

If you are reading at below 100 wpm you are reading at a pre grade 2 level.


Chang, A. (2010). The Effect of a Timed Reading Activity on EFL Learners: Speed, Comprehension, and Perceptions. Reading in a Foreign Language, 22(2), 284-303.

Research in L1 reading shows that in silent reading a normal reader reads at approximately 250 to 300 wpm (Carver,1990; Rayner,1998).  

Nation, P. (2009). Reading faster. International Journal of English Studies, 9(2).

It has also been found that reading speeds of less than 100 wpm can negatively affect comprehension.

Shimono, T. R. (2018). L2 reading fluency progression using timed reading and repeated oral reading. Reading in a Foreign Language, 30(1), 152.


Google Dictionary

Google Explore

Images to support understanding

Google Images

Free stock photos and clipart





All Good Days (via an Instagram sharing project)

Using Pictures in the ESL Classroom

Remove Image Background –

Text Complexity

Text Analysis

A Reading Level Comparison Chart from the British Columbia Ministry of Education that I like to use.

The following links also give similar comparison charts, but they are not as finely grained when comparing PMB to Lexile Levels as the one from British Columbia.

Hemingway Editor

Readability Formulas

Readability Analyzer

Microsoft Word – Readability Statistics

Free Lexile Analyzer®

Online Utility

Text Reduction

Shorten & Translate by Text United

TLDR: Summarization

Reading websites







Google Drive provides OCR capabilities


Cognitive Load



Cognitive load resources

Teachers often ask youngsters to learn in ways that exceed even adult-sized attention spans

5 Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in eLearning

Peter Doolittle: How your “working memory” makes sense of the world

Executive Functioning Poster

Working memory at school poster from @JamesEdPsych and a collaboration of speech and language & occupational therapists, educational psychologists and several hundred teachers co-producing in networks across @NAllianceScot

Reduce clutter and simplify

Chrome Extensions

Read&Write for Google

TLDR: Summarize Anything

Evernote Web Clipper



Reader View

BeeLine Reader



Mercury Reader


DOM Distiller Reading Mode



Do nothing for 2 minutes

Managing Extensions & Apps



Simplify access



QR Codes

Anything to QRcode

QR Code Monkey

Managing Distractions

Mute Tab




Task Timer

Graphic Organisers






YouTube Kids

bitly URL shortener

Writing and Research Skills



Google Accessibility – Docs

Digital exams pass student test

The 4Ss of Note Taking With Technology

Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

Use Google Scholar to Support Student Research

How to Make Students Care About Writing

The best scaffolded writing frames for students


Read&Write collect highlights

Google Similar Pages

Google Tone

Google Scholar extension

Similar Sites



APA Citation Machine





Video notetaking

Copy Plain Text

Google Scholar search

Simple Wikipedia website



Read&Write word prediction

Voice Typing – Voice Commands

Speech Recognition  Google doc add on



WriQ is a measure which is used to assess the numerical quality of writing

SAS Writing Reviser



Word clouds

Tag Cloud

Word Cloud Website Preview

5 Word Cloud Tools for Chromebooks

Tag Cloud Search + Translate

Drive Word Cloud


Video / Screencasting / Gif generation


All-in-One Screen Capture and Recording app

Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL

Kapwing: A Simple, Online Editor for Videos, Images, and GIFs


YouTube Doubler

YouTube Multiplier

Mathematics and STEM

Greg’s posts:

Literacy the real barrier to STEM uptake

Education Today – Feb 2021

Can educational technologies help to reverse Australia’s maths slump?

The Educator – April 2021

How should schools tackle the maths slump?

The Educator – June 2021


Teaching Math with Google Apps: 50 G Suite Activities – Alice Keeler

Maths Tips from EdTechTeam

“We offer mathematics in an enjoyable and easy-to-learn manner, because we believe that mathematics is fun”

Mathtrain.TV is a free, educational “kids teaching kids” project from Mr. Marcos & his Students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Khan Academy alternative by kids!

Videos about maths

Videos about science

Lots of video resources here via Rushton Hurley’s Next Vista for Learning website

Maths Centre UK

Video lessons and resources across for maths. All the videos are downloadable too!

Over 10,000 Free Math Videos. Helpful math videos covering topics from Basic Mathematics through to Calculus.

Tips for Teachers: Setting up Your Students for Mathematical Success


Early math skills predict later academic success

Early STEM exposure is key for the future of the workforce

Lack of math education negatively affects adolescent brain and cognitive development

Why is STEM important?

The state of STEM education told through 18 stats

Why Are Students With Disabilities So Invisible in STEM Education?

Diversity in STEM: What is it, why does it matter, and how do we increase it?


Personalised learning and learner agency

Universal Design for Learning

Designing for Universal Success

Kathleen McClaskey’s personalised learning website.

Chris Watkins provides valuable insights, and resources and research,  into learning centred classrooms and personalised learning

Rethink Your Grading Practices

Why Student Creation is the Hardest/Best Form of Assessment

The students who measure high tend to always measure high. And the students who don’t measure up tend to experience disappointment over and over

Digital content

The Power of Feedback – Hattie & Timperley

Do It In Google Slides.

New ways to comment on Microsoft files (and more) in Google Drive

FeedBackSheet Google Doc Add-ons

Practice Reading Aloud in Read&Write for Google

Video / Screencasting / Gif generation


All-in-One Screen Capture and Recording app

Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL

Annotating web pages


8 Ways to Annotate Readings, Websites and Online Articles with Examples

Google Keep

Google Home



General Resources

Here is a Google doc on copyright. Please note that this is not to be taken as definitive. Always seek advice from your own department / institution.

What is better, dependence upon technology or dependence upon a teacher, when you are a struggling learner? A great perspective from Karen Janowski

Universal Design for Learning

Designing for Universal Success

Ana Ooka’s List: 25 Best Sites for High School English Teachers

Grammar Girl

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound – Maryanne Wolf

From Tony Vincent’s excellent blog, Learning in Hand. Transform a Google doc or Google slides into a shareable link into a Preview, Copy, Template, or PDF link.

Google document URL tricks


Google Accessibility

Chrome & Assistive Technology (AT)

Google Accessibility – Docs

Google AT Toolbox

Grackle Talks

Vimium – provides keyboard shortcuts for navigation and control in Chrome


Bibliography and Research

Alloway, T. P., & Alloway, R. G. (2015). Understanding working memory. 2nd Edition. SAGE.

Bailey, F., & Pransky, K. (2014). Memory at Work in the Classroom: Strategies to Help Underachieving Students: Strategies to Help Underachieving Students. ASCD.

Barton, M. L., & Heidema, C. (2002). Teaching reading in mathematics. Aurora, CO: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning.

Barton, M. L., Heidema, C., & Jordan, D. (2002). Teaching Reading in Mathematics and Science. Educational leadership, 60(3), 24-28.

Edyburn, D. L. (2006). Failure Is Not an Option: Collecting, Reviewing, and Acting on Evidence for Using Technology to Enhance Academic Performance. Learning & Leading with Technology, 34(1), 20-23. PDF

Garwood, J. D., Brunsting, N. C., & Fox, L. C. (2014). Improving Reading Comprehension and Fluency Outcomes for Adolescents With Emotional-Behavioral Disorders Recent Research Synthesized. Remedial and Special Education, 35(3), 181-194.

Gauthier, G., Hill, P., McQuillan, J., Spiegel, A., & Diamond, J. (2017). The Potential Scientist’s Dilemma: How the Masculine Framing of Science Shapes Friendships and Science Job Aspirations. Social Sciences, 6(1), 14. doi:10.3390/socsci6010014

Gillespie, A., & Graham, S. (2014). A meta-analysis of writing interventions for students with learning disabilities. Exceptional Children, 80(4), 454-473.

Hasbrouck, J., & Tindal, G. A. (2006). Oral reading fluency norms: A valuable assessment tool for reading teachers. The Reading Teacher, 59(7), 636-644. PDF

Hattie, J. (2020). Visible Learning Effect Sizes When Schools Are Closed: What Matters and What Does Not.

Hattie, J., & Timperley, H. (2007). The power of feedback. Review of educational research, 77(1), 81-112. PDF

Hattie, J., & Yates, G. C. (2013). Visible learning and the science of how we learn. Routledge.

Kenney, J. M. (2005). Literacy Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction. ASCD.

Martin, N., & Conatser, T. (2017). Designing for Universal Success. Greater Faculties: A Review of Teaching and Learning, 1(1), 6. PDF

John O’Sullivan UDL Technology: Technology for Universal Design for Learning and Special Education

The Sir Jim Rose Review Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (2009)

Shelle Assistive Technology Tools for Learning Differences, ADHD, and Executive Function Challenges

What it takes for English Learners to Succeed

Wood, S. G., Moxley, J. H., Tighe, E. L., & Wagner, R. K. (2018). Does use of text-to-speech and related read-aloud tools improve reading comprehension for students with reading disabilities? A meta-analysis. Journal of learning disabilities, 51(1), 73-84.

Writing Interventions for High School Students With Disabilities: A Review of Single-Case Design Studies


Read&Write Research