To add the Read&Write extension to Google Chrome, visit the Texthelp website. Click on the pink “Try Read&Write Today” button. Premium features are available for the first 30 days (there will be a countdown on the tool bar) and then you will only have access to the free features unless you subscribe to the premium version. Prices for the subscription can be found on the Texthelp website.
|Hover Speech||Play, Pause, and Stop||Screen Mask|
|Click this icon and hold your cursor over the text.||Highlight a selection and click the “play” icon to read.||The screen will shade except for a light where your cursor is.|
Simplify Page (Premium)
|Highlight (Premium)||Collect Highlights (Premium)|
|A new tab with the contents in a simplified text format.||Highlight text with your cursor and then select a color.||Move your highlights from the webpage into a Google Doc.|
The NaturalReader Google Chrome extension can be added from the Natural Reader website.
|Starts reading from the top of the page.||Highlight text with your cursor and this icon will appear to read aloud.||Use to upload a PDF, docx, pptx, etc. so it can be read.|
When you open a document on D2L click the “Open with docReader” button at the bottom of the screen. More D2L accessibility and navigation information is available on the Brightspace website
|Click on this icon for text-to-speech.||Layout mode keeps formatting the same. Text mode will remove formatting so it’s text only.||Click this icon to reveal another tool bar below.|
|Settings||Page Mask||Reading Ruler|
|Change fonts, text, colors, and more.||This will shade out the rest of the page except for the reading light where the cursor is.||A gray bar will follow your cursor as you read.|
If you are reading an e-book that can be found through MGH OneSearch and would like it to be read aloud:
If you want it to start reading further down the page, away from the toolbar at the top, you can highlight a passage of text with your cursor and it will make the toolbar appear so you can have it start reading from there. It also will highlight the text/word that it is reading.