Read&Write's easy-to-use toolbar makes documents, files and web pages more accessible. Read&Write is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little support with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace. And its friendly literacy features help English Language Learners, as well as people with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. From hearing emails or documents read out loud to text prediction, picture dictionaries and summary highlighters, Read&Write makes lots of everyday literacy tasks simpler, quicker and more accurate. In ACSD this web-based tool is available for all learners, staff, and faculty: anyone with an @acsdvt.org email address.
Introductory video for Read&Write on Google Chrome (2:00).
How to connect with your Read&Write account:
Chromebooks: Sign in to your Chromebook with ACSD credentials.
Windows and Macs: Launch the Chrome web broswer and sign in to the browser with your ACSD credentials. Signing in to the browser is different than logging into your Google account.
- In the top right, click the button with your name or People icon.
- Click Sign in to Chrome.
- Sign in with your Google Account.
- Choose "link data" to make sure that the browser you create will be with you whenever and wherever you sign into a Chrome browser.
(Here's more information on how to sign in to Chrome).
When you're signed into the browser (or into your Chromebook), the Read&Write Chrome extension icon will appear in the top, right-hand corner of Chrome and look like this: .
Step Two: Confirm Google Account & Authenticate Read&Write
Click the "rw" icon and you will be prompted to confirm your Google account and then to authenticate Read&Write to be used with that account. You should see a screen that looks like this (below). Click your email account.
Then, you should see a screen that looks like this (below). Click "Allow."
Step Three: Start Using Read&Write
Now you can begin using the tools of Read&Write. When you click the "rw" icon, you should now see a toolbar that looks like this:
When creating Google Docs with Read&Write for the first time (Vocabulary List Builder or Collecting Highlights), you'll need to authenticate those functions, which tell Google it's ok that Read&Write is working with your Google account.
Additionally, when you use the Screen Shot Reader and the PDF Reader for the first time, you will be prompted to install another extension to support those specific tools. Those, too, will ask for authentication.
There are a lot of steps here because Google is making sure that no tool can interface with your Google account unless you say it's ok.
Quick Reference Guide - Read&Write for Google Chrome
How to connect with your Read&Write account on an iPad:
Install the Read&Write App for your iPad. If your iPad is managed by ACSD, you'll need to request the install by completing a Tech Ticket. When you do, choose "MHS iPads" as the Queue and "Software Install Request" for the Category. In the Description, specify the unique name of your iPad. You can find that by going to Settings>General>About>Name.
Video Tutorial: Read&Write for iPad Keyboard
Video Tutorial: Read&Write for iPad Web Toolbar
Quick Reference Guide - Read&Write for iPad User Guide
Additional resources to get started with Read&Write:
- Texthelp Website (Texthelp is the company that has created Read&Write)
- Training Portal
- Support Site
- YouTube playlist of tutorials for Read&Write on Google Chrome
- How to Videos
- YouTube Page