In my last post, I shared one of my favorite free Assistive Technology tools that I use with my students all of the time. In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Read & Write for Google, another amazing tool that is literally extremely easy to use and free (though a premium version does exist).
Read & Write for Google is a text-to-speech screen reader that allows kids to read and listen to a text on either a Chrome webpage or in a Google Doc. As an Inclusion teacher, here are the ways I have either used this program or how I could see it used:
- reading short stories in Literacy class
- reading non-fiction articles in Science, Social Studies, or Literacy
- a way to provide a read aloud accommodation to a student in Math
- allows a student to revise their writing by listening to what they wrote
The instructional video listed above is a useful way to see exactly how the program works. However, they do show both the premium and free features together. As such, this product matrix is a handy tool to see which features you’d have to pay up for. Thankfully, the text-to-speech features work just perfectly with the free version.
Best of luck! Begin here to download it in your Chrome browser! If you have any questions about how to use it, feel free to send me an email or comment!