Read & Write
Read & Write is a program/toolbar that offers a students offers a range of accessibility/support tools to support their reading, writing, studying and research. Read & Write is already installed for students as an extension in Chrome. For a detailed description of each Read & Write tool, please see below.
Installing the Read & Write Chrome Plugin
Teachers and staff can install the plugin by going to the Chrome Web Store and clicking the Add to Chrome button. Once the plugin is installed, you should see the purple puzzle piece icon in the upper right hand corner of your Chrome browser. Simply click the icon to start using Read&Write!
Here is an installation video if the above directions are not working or if you need additional assistance. Around the :40 second mark is where installation instructions begin.
For additional tutorials on Read&Write, check out the Read&Write YouTube Channel.
Read & Write Tools
Provides word suggestions as you type inside of Typewriter Annotations. Click the icon and it will turn red, indicating the feature is on. Hover over word suggestions to hear aloud.
Hover Speech Web reads text on websites in Chrome without highlighting, simply hover over the text you'd like to read. Talking Dictionary Google Docs Google Slides Web Provides definitions to improve comprehension and writing. Definitions can even be read aloud.
Provides definitions to improve comprehension and writing. Definitions can even be read aloud. Highlight a word and click the icon. Click the Play button next to each definition to have it read aloud.
Displays images from Widgit® Symbols to help support fluency and understanding.
Text to Speech - Play/Pause/Stop
Play: Read selection aloud. Voices can be changed in settings.
Pause: Pause reading
Stop: Stop reading
Allows you to 'mask' out areas of your screen and underline the mouse pointer.
Talk and Type
Reads any text aloud with dual color highlighting and natural-sounding voices. Highlight some text, and click the Play button.
Text can be translated to and from over 50 different languages.
Highlight (Yellow, Pink, Green, Blue)
Allows users to highlight and color code sections of text on a page, to facilitate summarizing, categorizing and higher order skills.
Clear highlights from a page when you are done with them, by selecting highlights and clicking the icon.
Highlights Overview - YouTube (0:58)
Collects your highlights into a new Google Doc. Click on icon and select which colors to collect, as well as how to sort them.
Builds vocabulary lists in a Google Doc, including selected words, dictionary definitions, images from Widgit Symbols, and an editable notes column. Use colored highlighters to select words, then click icon to create vocabulary list in new Google Doc.
Removes clutter from web pages and places the simplified text into a new tab. Use the + and - icons to change the amount of text displayed. Contrast controls are also available.
Practice Reading Aloud
Allows students to practice reading any content aloud.