Hey, everybody! Welcome back and we’re still in the spirit of back to school season in today’s post, we’ll be discussing five Google Chrome extensions and other tools and apps that will help you to read more efficiently. For some disabled people studying and reading can be difficult due to web inaccessibility. So Google and other companies have vowed to change that. Whether you are in Junior High, High School, or College these extensions will be beneficial especially doing research papers or around exam time.
Here are 5 Google Chrome Extensions and other apps from EdTech that will assist you with reading and impact a student’s performance and enjoyment of school whether disabled or able-bodied:
- Read & Write – aims to boost confidence with reading, writing, and research. The user-friendly extension’s features include text-to-speech, meaning it can read text on a page aloud or turn speech into text. This tool also offers a built-in text or picture dictionary, word predictions, a translator, and more. It can even summarize a complex text.
- Readability – This tool gets rid of everything but the text, making a page easier to digest. You can also change the font color and size, and save pages to a reading list for later.
- Open Dyslexic – This extension was originally designed for people with Dyslexia but can be extremely helpful to those with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. It transforms the appearance of web pages by changing all the text’s font and format.
- Beeline Reader – Each line fades from black to blue or red, making them more easily distinguishable from each other. This guides a person’s eye(s) easily along sentences, making for faster reading with less eyestrain. Like Readability, BeeLine Reader also cuts out all ads, comments, and other distractions to make it easier to concentrate on the text.
- Visor – Works by highlighting lines of text and keeping the rest of the page dimmed. It tracks mouse movements so that all the user has to do is move the mouse up and down as he or she reads. Designed for people with visual perceptual difficulties like dyslexia. But disabilities like cerebral palsy or other learning disorders could benefit from Visor in terms of reading comprehension and concentration.
- ModMath – ModMath is a free app for the iPad, targeted at helping students with dyslexia and dysgraphia do math. It was created by parents of a child with dysgraphia and remains focused on providing a clear tool to solve math problems without ever picking up a pencil.
- MyTalkTools Mobile – Enables students with communication difficulties to say what they want, using a sequence of words, sounds, and images. It can be configured to feature certain images and play certain sounds, so it can be set up for a particular student to best aid them.
- Dyslexia Toolbox – This toolbox features a whole host of assistive technology features for K-12 students with dyslexia. Type pads, word prediction, digital overlays and text readers are all included, along with many more neat features designed with dyslexia in mind.
- If…The Emotional IQ Game – If… helps children aged between 6-12 years develop the skills that lead to emotional intelligence. Parents and teachers can view reports on a student’s progress, potentially opening further productive conversations and opportunities.
- Stop, Breathe & Think – Fantastic for students with anxiety and stress disorders, this is a meditation app which encourages users to think about how they’re feeling, while also providing short mindfulness and meditation exercises tailored to their mood.
- Voice Dream Reader – For children and adults with reading disabilities and ADD/ADHD, Voice Dream Reader allows a student to highlight text which will then be read to them. For a learner who comprehends things better aurally, Voice Dream Reader is a must-have.
- Autism Xpress – A simple app designed to help young people with autism express their emotions, Autism Xpress uses a feeling finder and games in a fun and easy-to-use package.
These extensions will come in handy when reading chapters preparing for quizzes, tests, and or exams. Even after you’ve completed school you can use these to help with documents for work or business meetings, and so on. To check out all of the apps and extensions mentioned go to Chrome Web Store and The Tech Edvocate. Have a wonderful school year you guys!!