Read&Write- Assistive Technology for the Classroom
Type of technology: Ipads or Computers
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: Elementary 2-6
Subject area: Language Arts
Cost: Free for Teachers
What is potential? Potential is the ability to do something in the future. As teachers our students come into our classrooms filled with the capacity to achieve great things. For some, this potential is unlocked through the traditional methods of delivering a lesson; for others, supports have to be put in place, so that students can execute a grade level task. Providing accessibility to English Language Learners may include providing access to translations and visuals. Struggling readers may need text read aloud to them and those students who struggle with writing may need help choosing the right words for their sentences.
Although the needs of these students may vary, there is one app that can serve them all. It is called Read&Write for Google Chrome.
What is It
Read&Write is pretty much a one stop shop, that ALL students can use to aid in common language arts tasks. The Read&Write Extension provides students with a menu of powerful tools that aid in the reading and writing process. Here is a listing of these tools and what they do:
How to Use the Tools:
Read&Write is especially helpful to students, when it is used in conjunction with the following applications: Google Docs, PDF, ePub and Kes. To see how powerful this resource can be, watch the video demonstration for Google Docs below:
Installing Read&Write Extension
The Read&Write extension is available through the web browser Google Chrome. To install, visit the Chrome Web Store and search for Read and Write. The following should appear:
Simply click on the blue add button to download.
This program is also available on the iPad as an App for those individuals who have a premium account. To access, search for Read& Write in the App store and then follow the steps necessary to download it onto your device.
Free vs Premium Account
The Read&Write program is free; however, to unlock all of the tools an upgrade to a premium account is necessary. Click here to compare the resources available for free and those that are garnered through an upgrade.
Fortunately, for teachers the premium resources are free when you sign up for a teacher account!
Leave a comment below and let me know how this app is working for you and your students!