What is Read & Write? Here is how the company texthelp.com describes this Google Extension. “Boost reading and writing confidence. Offer support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.” Read&Write for Google Chrome™ offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including:
- Hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting
- See the meaning of words explained with text and picture dictionaries
- Hear text translated into other languages
- Get suggestions for the current or next word as you type
- Turn words into text as you speak
- Highlight text in documents or the web and collect for use in other documents
- Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs
- Simplify and summarize text on web pages
This is an extension that is extremely easy to pick up after using for only a few minutes. For the first 30 days you are provided ALL the tools you see on the toolbar.
Make sure you’re logged into the correct account before installing this plugin, as it syncs with the account you installed with. If you have a student who can benefit from this extension, you may have to install this for them as their is no way to bulk-install for ALL your students.
If you don’t know how to find this and you’re logged into a student’s Chromebook just do a search for “read and write extension chrome” and it will come up no problem.
Now it appears in the toolbar, to the right of the address bar.
Once it’s installed, you can see how easy it is to toggle on/off. Click the icon where your other Chrome extensions are (to the right of the address bar).
Below is a video that describes how this extension works. Note: some features, like the visual dictionary & highlighting, are only available from the premium. From initial install you will have 30 days to test this out. The main reason we’re showing you this extension, however, is for the reading feature.