Day 9 – Assistive Tech – ReadWriteGold #28daysofwriting

TextHelp is one of the biggest commercial providers for text-to-speech and their ReadWriteGold is very fancy.

You know we’re always moaning about white goods? Knowing that washing machines do a gazillion things but we only use the 40 degree mixed wash?

ReadWriteGold is a little like this – yes it reads text to you but my goodness it does so much more.

When I show teachers they often comment that they would like it for teaching – it does do smashing stuff which is why it costs money compared to the (still very good) free MyStudyBar. (Day 4 blog).

It’s worth talking to TextHelp though as there are options – site license etc (I don’t do money so I can’t expand).

What it does:

Reads text and has screen capture to read from the Internet

Predictive text (including prediction from a word bank)

Homophone checker

Verb checker

Similar words

Dictionary – reads definitions

Spell checker

A lovely picture dictionary which can stay at corner of screen – if a student types ‘globe’ a picture of globe comes up

A particular favourite of mine – a tense checker – you can put ‘drive’ in for instance and all options come up with a clock to show past, present etc (dyslexia is a language impairment and tenses can be tricky)

A pdf aloud option

A scanner – scan anything in and it can turn into a word document (even a picture of text from your phone)

Various tint screen, screenmask and ruler options

Translator -French, German, Spanish and Italian

Great highlighting tool – you can highlight sections in 4 different colours then the tool bar will collate then into the separate colours

A fact folder – great for bibliography (includes hyperlinks and pictures)

A key word collector – will pick out words from a document

Speech maker – audio/MP3

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some features but my 28 minutes are up.

If you want to invest in a toolbar – this really is a great one and worth asking for a trial.

Oh, I forgot – there is a teacher setting to switch off the dictionary etc for exams. Don’t forget students can now use a screen reader for the reading section in English paper but NOT a human reader.

http://www.texthelp.com/north-america/our-products/readwrite/features-pc/reading-support

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