Read&Write for Chrome

One of the greatest promises of educational technology is its potential to help all students access rigorous content. And one of the big challenges of on-screen reading is having the tools to interact with the text as richly as you can with print. We now have a tool that addresses both of these needs and much more.

Do you have students who need:
  • Text to speech support (so the computer reads any webpage or document to them)?
  • Word prediction (helping reluctant writers finish their words)?
  • Translation?
  • Annotation and highlighting tools for PDF's and websites?
  • A picture dictionary they can use on any website?
If so, you're in luck! We recently installed the Read&Write for Chrome extension on all students' accounts, making all of these tools available to all our students. You and your students can use this extension to highlight, annotate, translate, and enable text-to-speech and speech-to-text tools on websites, PDF's, and Google Docs. 

Students can get started by clicking the purple puzzle piece icon on their browser bar, no installation required. Enabling it for PDF's takes a couple more steps, as shown below.

What do try it yourself? You can install it on your own account by clicking here. Make sure you're using Chrome as your browser (not Safari or Firefox), and sign into the browser like this if you're not already signed in. If you want to disable this extension at any time, just click on your Chrome menu>More Tools>Extensions, scroll down to it, then click Disable.

Here are some short video tutorials for you and your students to get started:
And here are some training modules to go a bit deeper.

I'm happy to visit your school and help you and your students get started with Read&Write for Chrome, so just email me to schedule a time.


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