More New Features in Read and Write for Google

Happy Friday!

This week Google Read and Write has announced some  new features that may be beneficial to you and your students.


  • ScreenReader - Students can highlight text in a google slide OR webpage and the screen reader will read aloud ONLY what is in the box. Previously, it would read until you pressed stop (See directions below
  • Speech Input is now integrated with Google Voice Typing
  • Spanish has been added as a language tool.  It’s still in Beta, but it’s an option to try out.
Steve Piazza has put together the following tutorial (see below). Please let me know if you have questions. Google Read and Write is a tool that all students in Clarke County can access. Please let me know if you have questions.

Take Care,
Clint

Read&Write for Google just added three new features:

1. Screenshot Reader (highlight text on a webpage and it reads the words aloud).



In the above clip, where you see the moving highlight, the text is being read aloud.

To get started, on any webpage, just Click the rw icon in the address bar,


and then Click the newly added Screenshot Reader icon.  


From there, just follow three easy steps to install Screenshot Reader. To use it, again on any webpage, just Click the rw icon, highlight the desired text, and that’s it.

PLEASE NOTE:  The student install is automatic and the Screenshot Reader will become functional for them once they restart their device. In other words, there will be no need for them to install.  After restarting, they’ll be able to click the Screenshot Reader icon and begin using it.

2. Spanish has been added as a language tool.  It’s still in Beta, but it’s an option to try out. Just Click the Gear on the rw tool bar,



Select Language, and then Select Spanish from the drop down menu and Click OK.

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3. And finally, they’ve added voice input to the Chrome browser tool (just as they have in the Google Documents rw toolbar).


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