Read&Write for Google Chrome is an extension that contains a growing number of tools designed to support students with diverse reading and writing needs. This course will go over the features on the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar. Each Module contains step-by step text tutorials with visuals, along with video demonstrations.
Module 1: Introduction
Module 4: Accessing the Toolbar
Module 5 guides participants on how to use the Word Prediction feature. This feature provides the user with suggestions of words based on the initial letters typed. Word prediction assists students who have difficulties spelling or students who have low written output due to mobility issues.
Module 6: Text-to-Speech Options
Module 6 guides participants on how to use the text-to-speech features. These include the Play, Pause, Stop features, the Screenshot Reader, and the Hover Speech feature. This is a useful tool for students who may have excellent comprehension skills, but whose reading abilities need more support.
Module 7: Dictionary and Picture Dictionary
Module 7 guides participants on how to use the Dictionary, and Picture Dictionary features. This allows students to increase their vocabulary, while achieving a better understanding of the material. Students can seamlessly read, and have the word defined with words or with visuals within one place.
Module 8: Audio Maker
Module 8 guides participants on how to use the Audio Maker feature. This feature allows students or teachers to listen to a recording of a text at a later time in an MP3 format.
Module 9: Web Search
Module 9 guides participants on how to use the Web Search feature. This feature allows the user a quick way to research information by searching the web for relevant information about a topic.
Module 10: Screen Mask
Module 10 provides participants with a guide on how to use the screen mask feature. This feature creates a highlighted strip on the screen to assist with focusing on certain section when reading, or for teachers who would like to present particular areas of the screen.
Module 11: Talk&Type
Module 11 provides participants with a guide on how to use the Talk&Type feature. This feature allows the user to you to use their voice to input text (speech-to-text) instead of typing it on a keyboard. This allows students whose writing, spelling, or motor skills need more support to use their voice to dictate text.
Module 12: Translator
Module 13: Highlighters, Clear Highlights, and Collect Highlights
Module 13 guides participants on how to use the Highlighters, Clear Highlights, and Collect Highlights features. These features assist users highlighting, organize, and categorizing selected text in four different colors.
Module 14: Vocabulary
Module 14 guides participants on how to use the Vocabulary feature. This feature builds a vocabulary list with words that the user has highlighted. Many students use this as a study guide tool, organizational tool, or use the Notes column for translation to a different language.
Module 15: Voice Note
Module 15 guides participants on how to use the Voice Note feature. This feature records a one minute or less audio clip of the user’s voice. This can then be inserted as a comment in a Google document.
Module 16: Simplify
Module 16 guides participants on how to use the Simplify feature. The Simplify web page feature offers the user the ability to reduce the complexity of a reading passage without visual distractions. The quantity of sentences may be reduced to focus only on main ideas, and the user may increase the contrast for those who need visual support, while maintaining the context.
Module 17: Practice Reading Aloud
Module 17 guides participants on how to use the Practice Reading Aloud feature. This feature allows the user to record themselves reading text. This can be sent to their teacher or any email address. Many teachers use this when needing to listen to a student’s fluency level, or when a student may be practicing reading aloud for expression and inflection.
Module 18: Settings
Module 19: Help
Module 19 guides participants on how to use the Help feature. This feature directs the user to frequently asked questions that one may encounter when using the toolbar. It also contains information on other various platforms for Read&Write and other tools texthelp has developed.
Module 20: Texthelp
Module 20 guides participants on how to use the Texthelp feature. This feature accesses the texthelp main website. On the website, users can look through various products, find tutorials, and browse through various other options.