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Google Read & Write Solo Suite: Read Out Loud Write Out Loud

Google Read & WriteSolo Suite: Read Out LoudWrite Out Loud

Luella Orlando

November 13, 2014

Ms. Nichol Napoleon

ED443: Assistive Technology

Google Read & Write

Google Read & Write

Developed by Texthelp

Target audience are individuals of all ages and abilities who struggle with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities (dyslexia), or English Language Learners (ELL).

May need internet access/connection for certain features

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Google Read & Write

Price:

30 day free trials available on the Chrome store

Free premium subscriptions available for teachers with registration.

Single users: $100.00 student/year (less than $8.50 per month)

Group of students with domain: $10.00 student/year (less than a $1 per month)

Google Read & Write

Features:

Offers support for Google docs, web, PDFs, and ePubs in Google Drive on PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks.

* Snapverter is an add on that converts printed documents, inaccessible digital files, and Bookshare into accessible PDF or ePub files for easy sharing in Google Drive.

Google Read & Write

Best Features:

Hear text read aloud with dual color highlighting

Have words explained with text and picture dictionaries

Offers suggestions for current or next word as you type with word prediction

Turn speech to text in Google Docs.

Highlights & collects text; build vocabulary lists

Simplify & summarize text on web pages

Annotations, including a typewriter tool

Converts printed documents and inaccessible files into classroom files with Snapverter.

Google Read & Write

Other apps/software made by developer:

Fluency Tutor for Google

Helps young and struggling readers build and develop fluency & improve comprehension.

Browse Aloud

Provides reading supports to website visitors by converting website text to speech.

LexiFlow

Delivers accessible digital talking ebooks and assessments for students who require reading and language supports.

Speech Stream

Embeds auditory and visual resources with a publishers content to improve retention, comprehension, & recall.

Google Read & Write

Demonstration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8uGm327icc

Solo Suite: Read Out Loud

Solo Suite: Read Out Loud

Developed by Don Johnston, Inc.

Target audience are individuals with dyslexia, reading 2 or more levels below grade level, print disability that interferes with fluent reading, and trouble with comprehension.

May need internet access for some features

Solo Suite: Read Out Loud

Price:

Unlimited site license subscription available

Single or multiple computer license:

1 to 4 computers : $249 per computer

5 to 9 computers: $242 per computer

10 to 19 computers: $ 237

20 to 49 computers: $ 227

50+ computers: as low as $162

Solo Suite: Read Out Loud

Features:

A reading study tool which provides students with a variety of ways to increase their use of good reading strategies

Recognizes RTF formats, TXT formats, and HTML formats.

Read Out Loud University edition and Bookshare Edition.

Solo Suite: Read Out Loud

Best Features:

Control Reading

Dictionary

Highlighting features to take notes

(converts notes to an outline)

One click Bookshare access

Text to speech

Study tools that helps students with comprehension

Bibliographer

Reading templates

Solo Suite: Read Out Loud

Other apps/software made by the developer

Early Literacy Skills Builder (ELSB)

Anybook Anywhere

Childrens Talking Dictionary

Snap & Read

Start to Finish Literacy Starters

Solo Suite: Read Out Loud

Demonstration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj4uOwKpDg0

Solo Suite: Write Out Loud

Solo Suite: Write Out Loud

Developed by Don Johnston, Inc.

Target audience are students who are reluctant to write, who show moderate grammar & spelling challenges, and writes better with auditory support

Solo Suite: Write Out Loud

Price:

Single or multiple computers:

1 to 4 computers: $84 each

5 to 9 computers: $81 each

10 to 19 computers: $80 each

20 to 49 computers: $76 each

50+ computers: as low as $55 each

Cowriter & Write Out Loud bundle: $336 /bundle.

Solo Suite: Write Out Loud

Features:

Reads words as they are written, providing real time auditory feedback, writing tools including a spell checker, homophone checker, and dictionary.

Solves common stumbling blocks in writing.

Solo Suite: Write Out Loud

Best Features:

Acapela speech engine

(Most natural sounding voice)

Homophone Checker

Talking spell checker

Bibliographer

Dictionary

Standardized test modes

(WOL as a standard testing accommodations)

Supports latest Macs & Windows OS.

Solo Suite: Write Out Loud

Other apps/software by developer

Co: Writer

Solo Writing Coach

First Author Writing Software

Draft Builder

Solo Suite: Write Out Loud

Demonstration

http://donjohnston.com/writeoutloud/#.VGrCX_mUdqU

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