Read&Write is a literacy support tool and assistive technology that makes online content more accessible, readable, and inclusive. It includes a variety of tools that support students in reading texts, learning unfamiliar words, researching materials, and proofreading written work.
Read&Write is new to our support portfolio, and there may be bugs as product improvements are made.
- Text-to-speech to hear documents, webpages, content in your LMS, or textbooks out loud
- Highlighters with multiple colors to highlight your textbooks or readings for easy compilation of content, vocabulary lists or summaries
- Screen tint and opacity customization to support reading on screens
- Translators as well as text and picture dictionary to learn new words
- Dictation, read aloud, and spellcheck to support student writing and revision process
- Audio tools to create .mp3 or leave voice notes
See this overview of tools on the Read&Write website for a full list, with video demos of the available tools.
- Reasons to use Read&Write
Help students process and produce language in multiple ways using text-to-speech options for reading and talk&type (dictation) feature for writing. Students can pair these tools with other features that align with specific learning needs.
- Students with ADHD, language processing disorders, and visual impairments can simplify a page to help them remove distractions and use the screen masking tool to customize color, text, and other page elements. They can also process content via audio using the text-to-speech tools and audio maker that turns pages into mp3s.
- English language learners can understand and engage with texts through features such as the translators, dictionaries with text or pictures, web search, and vocabulary list. They can also build proficiency in pronunciation of words with the text-to-speech and practice reading aloud features.
- Any student can take advantage of Read&Write tools to study, read, and write more effectively. They can use the highlighters to compile key points/quotes, text-to-speech to hear their paper out loud, as well as dictation and voice comments to review, summarize, and expand on ideas.
- Ideas for teaching with Read&Write
- Make students aware of this university-supported resource with many features that support reading and writing. Encourage them to download onto their devices and try it out.
- When going over materials from the web in class, use the Simplify feature to remove distractions such as ads, sidebars, and headers/footers.
- Demonstrate how to use specific features in Read&Write. Emphasize features that pertain to your discipline, such as practice reading aloud to learn pronunciation of vocabulary, screenshot reader to get text-to-speech support for labels on images/diagrams, or translator for multilingual articles and archives.
- Instead of typing, use Talk&Type feature to dictate text on a document, webpage, or text entry field. This could allow you to take notes, search, or write down key words from anywhere in the classroom. It also provides students with both audio and visual information about what you are typing.
- Facilitate the development of outlines and paper drafts using the multiple highlighters and collect highlights tool. Students can use the highlighters to identify relevant text and collect these for the beginning of their outline or draft. They can further edit this draft as needed prior to submitting as an assignment.
- Use voice notes to get and answer student questions on assignments. Voice notes tend to provide more context as well as support more detailed feedback.
- Combine Read&Write tools with OrbitNote, which facilitates interaction and collaboration on PDFs in Canvas.
Cohn, J. (2021). Skim, dive, surface: Teaching digital reading. West Virginia University Press.
- Get Started
- Install the app on your computer
- Click/Open the app and choose Log in with Microsoft
- Sign in with your WUSTL email account to get access to the WashU institutional account.
- Try out the features in the toolbar or see video tutorials on how to use Read&Write features
- Additional Resources
Resources for Learners
- Reading, Writing and Study Skills – YouTube Playlist
- English language learners and international students resources with translated guides
- Supports for Students with Dyslexia
Read&Write for Windows
- Quick Guide – step by step instructions for using the tools
- YouTube Playlist
- Key Tools for Specific Learning Needs
Rqead&Write for Google Chrome