Technology tools that help anybody read!
Downloadable extension to Google Chrome,
Can be used by any type or age reader
30-day free trial followed by $3.99/month for educators and a 7-day free trial followed by $2.99/month for students
Text-to-speech: program will read text aloud to the reader which promotes comprehension
Screenshot reader: incase text cannot be copy and pasted or highlighted, a software will read it directly off of the screenshot
Simplify: modifies difficult text into easier to read phrases and sentences (e.g baffled > surprised)
Translate: software will translate into different languages
Capture: allows user to create an outline by capturing parts of the text and allows them to expand on and select what information they wish to include directly from the text
All features can be applied to PDF files and text found online!
Ease of use:
The tool offers a useful tutorial on how to use its features. The fact that the tool offers only five features also makes it incredibly easy to use. With few, but useful, features it allows users to do exactly what they need. The toolbar appears on the right side of the page and allows users to do what they need right on the screen.
Ability to maintain interest:
This tool increases student interest in the content that they are working on. Students will become frustrated if the content they are present with is too difficult. Therefore, having it read to them, modified to their reading level, or assisted in making an outline, will motivate them more. This tool is also easy to use so it is unlikely that students would get frustrated enough to not use it.
The variety of features of this software can benefit all ages. For example, books found online can be read aloud to students as young as preschool age. It can also be used for older students who read at a lower reading level than the rest of their class, the tool can modify the text for them. The tool can work with any text online as well!
Text-to-speech software built into computers. While these softwares will convert text to speech, Snap&Read offers more useful features for students especially to use. It is just as easy to download and use as the built-in tools as well.
In the classroom…
Students may be asked to create an outline for a reading
Some students may require modifications for this task due to their disability. These students can copy and paste information from the text if they are physically unable to produce a written outline of the text. Students can also have the text read aloud to them if they are slow readers or even have the text modified for them in order to promote comprehension of the text.
Example of modified text: the changed phrases are italicized
Teacher wishes to include a listening station during centers time but cannot purchase the costly tools for it
Teacher can either find books online or type the book for students to listen to. This station can be set up for a few students at a computer with headphones. This saves the teacher time and allows them to focus on all students instead of just one small group of students.