• September 12, 2017

Google Chrome Read&WriteRead&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 1 provides a brief overview of the Read&Write for Google Chrome literacy extension, and the modules that follow in this course.

Read&Write Introduction

Module 2: Installing Chrome

Module 2 guides participants on how to download and install the Chrome browser. The Read&Write extension is most compatible with Google Chrome.

How to Install Read&Write for Google Chrome

Module 3: Installing Read&Write

Module 3 guides participants on how to install the Read&Write extension. Texthelp provides a free premium version of Read&Write for teachers.

How to Install Read&Write for Google Chrome

Module 4: Accessing the Toolbar

Module 4 guides participants on how access the Read&Write toolbar once it has been installed.

Accessing the Toolbar

Module 5: Word Prediction

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.

How to Install Read&Write Word Prediction

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.

Read&Write Text-to-Speech

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.

Read&Write Dictionary and Picture Dictionary

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.

Read&Write Audio Maker

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.

Read&Write Web Search

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.

Read&Write Screen Mask

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.

Read&Write Talk and Type

Module 12: Translator

Module 12 guides participants on how to use the Translator feature. This feature allows the user a quick way to look up, and listen to the translation of words.

Read&Write 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.

Read&Write Highlighters

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.

Read&Write Vocabulary

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.

Read&Write Voice Note

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.

Read&Write Simplify Page

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.

Read&Write Practice Reading Aloud

Module 18: Settings

Module 18 guides the participant on how to use the Setting feature. This feature allows the user to adjust the Speech, Word Prediction, and Language, and to learn about Read&Write.

Read&Write 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.

Read&Write Help

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.

Read&Write Texthelp