Read & Write for Google Updates

The Practice Reading Aloud feature lets students select any text from a Google Doc or the web, practice and record themselves reading it aloud, listen to their recording, and even share it with their teacher! And it’s a completely free feature - the first new free feature to be added to the toolbar since Read&Write launched!

As the name suggests, the purpose of this tool is to allow students to practice reading any content aloud. Being able to read clearly, accurately and with appropriate expression are all key traits of fluent readers.

To learn more about how this feature works, check out this short overview video:

We’ve been busy this summer working on some exciting new updates forRead&Write for Google Chrome™ just in time to help you kick off the new school year!

We’ve added features and tools that have been requested by Read&Write customers just like you! In this release (available today), you will find new capabilities for existing tools you know and love, as well as completely new features.

Here’s what’s new:

screen masking tool

Screen Masking is the newest addition to the toolbar, and creates a strip or “ruler” to provide focus to one area of the screen while darkening the rest. Great for students who need help focusing, or teachers wanting to show certain sections of the screen.

Check out the video below to see the Screen Masking tool in action:

Watch the Video

support for google slides

One of our most requested features, support for Google Slides is now available! Tools like Text-to-Speech, Word Prediction, Talking and Picture Dictionaries, and the aforementioned Screen Masking tool will now work in Google Slides. To use, simply open a presentation and click the Read&Write icon while in Slides (just like you would in a Google Doc).

accessible math support

Read&Write for Google Chrome now supports MathML, which means that any math content written in the popular Math Markup Language can be read aloud with Read&Write!

support for Word Online and OneNote Online

If you’re an Office 365 user needing support for Word Online and OneNote Online, you can now use Read&Write for Google Chrome. Users can log into their Office 365 account while in Chrome and use many Read&Write tools, like Text-To-Speech and Word Prediction, directly in Word Online and OneNote Online.

Learn more by visiting our support page on using Read&Write for Google Chrome with Office 365, or contacting our support team.

want to learn more?

To learn more about this release, check out this recent blog article.

In addition, we’ll be offering a live demonstration of these updates next Friday, September 16th. You’ll join Jason Carroll, Global Product Manager, as he takes you through the features mentioned above and answers as many of your questions as possible.

To join this event:

more updates on the way...

We’re not done yet! We’re working on additional updates to be released in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for improved analytics, new administrative tools, and a “Practice Reading Aloud” feature.

Many thanks for your time

Kathleen Colburn

Product Manager

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