Podcast 92: A Positive Impact on 100 Million People

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Martin Mckay TextHelp


In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday...
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How can teachers have a positive impact on the literacy of everyone?

Our 92nd interview is with Martin McKay, founder of Texthelp, an edtech organisation which helps people with communication difficulties.

In this podcast, listen to Martin and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:

  • Martin’s childhood growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and his education
  • How Martin taught himself to code and why he switched from biology to education technology
  • What influenced Texthelp and why focus on dyslexia?
  • How Texthelp products can help pupils, and how the software works and supports pupils?
  • How dual-coding improves comprehension?
  • Why schools should invest in literacy-improvement tools?
  • How WriQ can help support students progress; a tool with 10 million daily users, and
  • Martin’s message for teachers working during the pandemic.

Listen to the podcast (29 minutes)

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Martin has spent work life developing education technology. He wants to use his influence and expertise to have a positive impact on one hundred million people! We think Martin and Texthelp are well on their way…