#SpotDys conference attendees

It was exhilarating to get to speak at Learning Ally’s annual Spotlight on Dyslexia conference. I was wowed by the number of attendees and their expertise. Thank you so much to the attendees of my session for their kind comments (some of which are included below– apologies I don’t have everyone’s name to properly attribute!), and thank you to Learning Ally for organizing this conference to help us all share resources.

  • Loved all the practical tools”
  • “This lady is a gift for her LD students!!”
  • “So excited about this! Thank you”
  • “My son’s gonna love this!”
  • “This is going to really help my 6th grader thank you”

These comments made me feel like this:

(and validated that I’m in the right field!).


For those of you that are here because of my session on Writing with Google, some tags of interest may include:

You can also browse by category (on the right, e.g. Reading Fluency & Spelling).

Thanks for stopping in, and please always feel free to comment, email, or tweet with further questions.



Hi Jules. I really enjoyed your talk on using Google for writing, but your slides were hard to read, and I’m having trouble understanding how to use Forms to set up a template for a paragraph. I’ve hunted around on your website (and have found some other great info!), but I’m still having trouble figuring it out. Can you point me in the right direction?


(**I’ve corresponded with Stephani separately, but realized her question may be relevant to others, so my response is below):

There are two key ways I use Google Forms for paragraph writing: 1 is to take a screenshot of a model paragraph, then in the form click Insert-> Image and paste your image there. Then, students can write up their own outline and/or paragraph that mirrors your paragraph.

One letter writing example of that can be found here (https://goo.gl/yJq3Il) (where I even marked up parts of my letter to demonstrate the different parts).

Another way which I demonstrated during the presentation is to include an Image with a model, then have each question in the Google Form be a sentence of a paragraph. In this example (https://goo.gl/OtWLmy), I use the TBEAR mnemonic, and it can have a range of supports (this one has maximal support, since it includes what the letter stands for, a question, and an example).

All answers from a Form end up in a Spreadsheet, and you or students can copy & paste from there. Alternatively, you can use something fancy-ish like Form Publisher (https://goo.gl/TzXy0H) that pastes answers into a Google Doc (how-to video here: https://goo.gl/RVBRL4).

Older students also enjoy making their own Google Forms!

If you have further questions, I’d be happy to make a video of how I make the forms start to finish (I’ve been meaning to upload more helpful videos on the site), but in the meantime, you can also view one I found online (https://goo.gl/fgJHIc).

Thanks again for your question!


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