New Features with Texthelp

Happy Friday!

Google Read and Write is a Chrome Extension that is pushed out to all of our Chromebooks and all students  K-12 have access to this program. When they sign into the chromebook they will see a Puzzle Piece in the tool bar. By clicking on that they have access to the  Read and Write Toolbar. Read and Write  does many things such as read text aloud, allows for word prediction, create vocabulary lists, and more!  Google Read and Write works with Google Docs, Google Slides, and also with most webpages.

 One new feature  for writing that has recently rolled out is "Check it"  Checkit is a way to check for common grammar mistakes.  This feature can be turned on or off.  By Clicking the checkit icon in the Read and Write for Google Toolbar you can instantly check your Google Document for common grammar errors.  I used Checkit for the first time writing this blogpost and it is very enlightening to see all of my grammar miscues.  Below is a video that also explains checkit. 
     Read and Write for Google is a powerful tool for our students and can help break barriers and level the playing field for our students with deficits in reading and writing. If you would like to know more about the features of Read and Write for Google consider checking out their online training.  They now offer free training and certification. You can earn your badge showing that you are proficient with texthelp.  If you have questions about any of this please feel free to contact me.

Take Care,
Clint



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