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42 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
#29 - Redefining inclusion, redesigning learning
At Texthelp our core purpose is help everyone understand and be understood. That's why we're hosting the Festival of Inclusive Education. To celebrate inclusion and how it can make learning better for everyone.In this special episode of Texthelp Talks our two in house experts, Paddy and Jason, delve into what inclusion means to them. As they explain why we've taken on the task of redesigning learning for inclusion. ------------------------------------Get your free ticket to the Festival of Inclusive Education - text.help/redefining-inclusion
40 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
#28 - Texthelp Talks - Future Proofing the Math Classroom
In this episode we take a look at the biggest challenges facing mathematics educators in Australia today. This podcast features our special guest Allan Dougan from the Australian Association of Maths Teachers. Allan shares his thoughts with Greg O'Connor who heads up the Texthelp team in Australia.
53 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
#27 - Challenging stigma: A look at Dyslexia from a Dyslexic mind (or two!)
At least 10% of the UK population is dyslexic, yet many dyslexic’s still experience a lack of understanding and support for Dyslexia in the world of work. Everyone deserves to feel understood, accepted and like they belong.In this podcast episode, we’ll be taking a look at Dyslexia through the eyes of Sam, aka Sam the Dyslexic, and Andy Nickolls, a Dyslexic Blue Light employee. Together we’ll challenge the misconceptions that exist around Dyslexia. Listen and gain insight to help you better understand and support your Dyslexic employees, colleagues and friends.
36 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
#26 - Technology for Learning: a CEO's perspective
We are continuing our mini podcast series with the LEO Academy Trust, and in this episode we're joined by CEO, Philip Hedger. Our host Patrick McGrath builds on his chat with the Trust's Digital Learning Team, to understand how their Senior Leadership Team makes sure that technology fits with their mission, values and aims. Philip gives us his perspective on using technology for learning and what role leadership plays in helping to unlock potential and improve the outcomes for both students and staff across a Multi-Academy Trust.--------------------------- If you haven't listened to our episode with Graham Macaulay and Cheryl Shirley yet, then give it a listen first.
38 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
#25 - Technology for Learning: a Trust's experience
Digital transformation is only growing faster and the same must be applied to our education sector. That's why we're hosting a mini series with the LEO Academy Trust to explore their model of learning, excellence and opportunity. That has led them to successfully embed technology across all their Academies.First up is members of their Digital Learning Team, Graham Macaulay and Cheryl Shirley. Our host Patrick McGrath, delves into their experience of using technology for learning, including what they look for in EdTech tools and what advice they have for fellow MATs and schools. ---------------------------Follow Graham on Twitter @grahammacaulayFollow Cheryl on Twitter @MrsShirley8
46 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
#24 - Making Maths Accessible with Sammy White and Lilian Soon
We believe everyone deserves the chance to find joy in maths. That's why we've invited two expert industry voices to join us for a special 'Making maths accessible' episode of Texthelp Talks.Sammy White is an FE maths lecturer & consultant, and Lilian Soon is an education adviser at the University of York. Listen along as they discuss the challenges facing maths educators and the role of technology in helping to make maths more inclusive and engaging for all students.------------------------------------Listen to Sammy's E&M Booth podcast by visiting: e-m-booth.siteVisit The University of York's Accessible Equations here: bit.ly/eaccess-equations2
36 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#23 Accessibility is more than code and colours, with Clare Reucroft
As organisations we rely on our digital content to spread our messages far and wide. And for it to serve its purpose it must be able to be accessed, and used. But what does this really mean? In this podcast episode, hear from Clare Reucroft, Content Designer at Content Design London. Clare will share what lies beyond accessible code and colours. And explore how language makes a difference too. Listen and gain practical tips to help you create content that can be accessed, understood and used by everyone.
54 minutes | May 26, 2021
#22 - Inclusive Learning 365 with authors Chris Bugaj, Beth Poss, Mike Marotta, and Karen Janowski.
In this episode we’re joined by 4 educational experts, and friends of Texthelp, who have co-written a fantastic new book about inclusive learning. The book is called Inclusive Learning 365, and is being published by ISTE - the International Society for Technology in Education. If you work in education this book will become your daily companion, with 365 strategies that you can use to provide the best learning experience. We’re going to take a look at some of these strategies in today’s podcast. The authors Chris Bugaj, Karen Janowski, Mike Marotta and Beth Poss come from a variety of backgrounds in education. We’ll meet them all shortly and find out a bit more about them and what drove them to write this book.
27 minutes | May 20, 2021
#21 - 365 Days Later | Part 2
In part 2 of 365 days later, Martin, Paddy and Greg delve deeper into what the future holds for education post COVID-19. From using data to inform instruction to how we can help teachers use technology in a way that complements their existing teaching practices.As Greg puts it, "ICT doesn't stand for information, communication technology. It stands for it can't teach." -----------------------------------------If you haven't listened to part 1 yet, you can listen here. -----------------------------------------Reports from Australia:Australian Education SurveyEvaluating the impact of COVID-19 on NSW schoolsCOVID-19 and education: how Australian schools are responding and what happens nextThe Impact of COVID-19 on Perceptions of Australian Schooling
28 minutes | May 17, 2021
#20 - 365 Days Later | Part 1
One year on from COVID, schools are finally beginning to look forward to some normality after periods of remote learning. Of course, the impact on teaching and learning has been well reported but what are the next steps for education?In this episode, we hear from Texthelpers Martin, Paddy and Greg as they discuss what they think the positive lessons learned from the past year are. Including how we can support students and teachers moving forward.
17 minutes | May 10, 2021
#19 - Digital inclusion: A journey through time
Later this month will mark the tenth anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To mark the occasion, we're hosting our first ever Festival of Accessibility. In the run up, we're celebrating the achievements that have been made in the digital inclusion space so far. And reveling over what's about to come.In this podcast episode, hear from Ryan Graham, Texthelp's CTO. He'll take you on a journey through time. Delving into the past, present and future of the digital space.
41 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
#18 - A day in the life of a... Teacher
What does being a teacher really mean in the current climate? In this podcast we break down the statistics surrounding teacher workloads. Listen along as we join Bukky Yusuf, a teacher and Senior Leader at Edith Kay School, for a day in her life.We explore what teacher workload really looks like, from effectively managing admin tasks to navigating that all important work life balance. As well as what tools and strategies Bukky uses to reduce her workload. Including how she supports her fellow teachers in her role as a Senior Leader.
26 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
#17 - Inclusive communications: Reaching your audiences with content that connects
What are the elements that affect accessible and inclusive communication? In this podcast we answer that very question. Join us to hear from Jodie Greer, Founder of Be People Smart. And Erica Wong, Senior Brand Consultant at Radley Yeldar.Together, we take a deep dive into what it means for content to be accessible and inclusive. We explore what you can do to create content that can not only be accessed. But makes your internal and external audiences feel connected and included. Gain advice that’ll help you to reach your whole audience more effectively.
29 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
#16 - Let’s Talk Everything Apprenticeships
In partnership with Belfast Met, we are celebrating this year’s NI Apprenticeships Week with a podcast exploring all things apprenticeships! Listen along as we hear the experiences of our HR Officer Andrew and Belfast Met's Trainer Assessor, Neil Whiteside. Alongside getting first hand insight from our three apprentices Shay, Laura and Stephen. As they explain how apprenticeships can create opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, background, education or career path.
21 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
#15 - Making technology purposeful at the ACT Education Directorate
In this special episode of Texthelp Talks, our AsiaPac EdTech Manager Greg O'Connor, is joined by Michelle Van Puyvelde, a School Leader at the ACT Education Directorate, Australia. Hear Michelle's story of using Read&Write for Google Chrome with 43,000 students across their 39 schools and the impact this is having on teaching and learning.
21 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
#14 - 6 myths designers and marketers believe about web accessibility
In this episode, we’re joined by Sophie Koonin, Web Engineering Lead at Monzo. Sophie is passionate about web accessibility and keeping the web a fun and inclusive place for everyone. And today, with Sophie’s expert knowledge about web development, we’ll be debunking six common myths designers and marketers believe about web accessibility.
30 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
#13 - Building back better: Improving disability inclusion in the workplace, with Diane Lightfoot
In this episode we're joined by Diane Lightfoot, CEO of Business Disability Forum. Listen as we talk about the opportunities arising from our evolving workspace. And uncover how businesses can maximise these opportunities to 'build back better'. You'll gain advice to help you improve disability inclusion, and reshape the future world of work.
45 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
#12 - Creating inclusive learning experiences with Highland Council
In this episode of Texthelp Talks, our host Patrick McGrath is joined by Robert Quigley and Tania Mackie from Highland Council in Scotland. They discuss their journey of rolling out and implementing over 30,000 Chromebook devices to students in their local authority, as part of their commitment to digital learning and inclusion. Including their original vision, the planning process and how this has helped them keep all students engaged in learning during lockdown and beyond.
57 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
#11 - Why web accessibility matters with Robin Christopherson
In this episode of Texthelp Talks, we are joined by Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet. Robin shares with us his experiences as a blind professional working in the digital inclusion space. He talks to us about the impact of digital inaccessibility on himself as a blind user but also more broadly on companies and businesses and their customers, services and employees. He also explores solutions to common challenges that organisations face when striving for inclusivity.
46 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
#10 - Effective Writing Strategies with Amy Mayer and Chris Bugaj
In this episode of Texthelp Talks, our host Mark Schwartz sits down to chat to some leading experts on the art of writing. Amy Mayer, founder and CEO of friEdTechnology, is a nationally known speaker and trainer as well as a veteran public school educator. Chris Bugaj is a founding member of the assistive technology team for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia. Chris co-hosts the Talking with Tech podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication, and has hosted award-winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences. They explore effective writing strategies for students, and share some tips for inspiring students to write more.
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