Chromebook Accessibility Features

There are several accessibility features built into Chromebooks including:
To find and turn on these tools, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Find accessibility features
  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, click Manage accessibility features.

Step 2: Turn on a feature

Choose the accessibility features you'd like to use:

Read more about accessibility

Chromebook Keyboard and Language Settings

The Chromebook has some built in accessibility options. To type in another language, you can add a keyboard layout. The Chrome OS is a multi-language operating system and makes it easy to add layouts for other languages.

To learn how to change the keyboard settings layout on a Chromebook, see this excellent article from Jim Mendenhall of the Starry Hope website and watch his video below. 

Add Languages and Keyboard Layouts to Your Chromebook

Epic! Online Books for Kids

Epic is an online library of e-books, videos and audio books that is excellent for supporting . 📖Epic! 📘📚has over 25,000 high-quality illustrated books and chapter books for children ages 12 and under. 📚 Epic! is 💲FREE💲 for classroom use. Home use requires parents to purchase about a $7 a month subscription, and that is how Epic remains FREE for schools.

Note that Epic is only free at school. In order to use it at home, Epic asks families to purchase a monthly subscription. You can share that info with parents if you like. To familiarize yourself with Epic! complete the following tasks or go to META to learn more: 1. Watch the overview video linked below. 2. Read the overview article "What is Epic! ?" 3. Be sure to create an EDUCATOR account by using the Educator Account Page.

4. Watch the second video below to learn about setting up your educator account.

What is Epic Books for Kids?

Getting Started with Epic!

To learn more about Epic, check out META, our Staff Development Google Classroom or go to their educator resource page.

Read&Write for Google Chrome

This is a must have extension!

Help your students install the Read & Write Extension to have their own writing and most websites read aloud to them. Note that we currently have only the free features enabled.

Check out this 2 minute screencast of the free Read&Write extension in action:

Using the Read&Write Extension

  1. Here is a google doc with the instructions for loading the Read&Write extension. These directions work for staff and students.

  2. Here is a screencast of how to load the Read&Write extension that you could show students.

Load the Read&Write Extension

Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy logo

The Unite for Literacy online library provides free access to more than 400 original picture books, one fourth of them written in Spanish. The digital books provide audio narrations in more than 40 languages, spoken by native speakers in warm, expressive voices. The books are likely most appropriate for third grade and below. 

Unite for Literacy is loaded on all of the Moraga iPads but accessible on any Internet device. In Unite for Literacy, you can change the narration language to several options, including Chinese. You can then have each page of the book read aloud in one language, Chinese for example, and then English. There is no set up needed, simply click the pencil in the upper left corner to select a narration language. Then you or the student can select a book to listen to in both their native language and English. When a student has finished a book, a simple activity might be to draw a picture of one thing from the book and label things in the drawing with English words learned in the story. 

Voice Typing in Google Docs in Chrome Browser

Google Voice Typing can be really helpful to enable writers where keyboard input is a barrier. It is very simple to use. Follow these directions or watch the video below. 
  1. Open a google doc.
  2. Go to the Tools menu at the top of the tool bar. 
  3. Select Voice typing…
  4. Click on the image of the microphone that appears on the left. 
  5. Click “Allow” the application to use the microphone. 
  6. Record your writing. 
  7. Be sure to speak your punctuation marks or go back and edit to add them. 

Google Docs Voice Typing

Duolingo for English Learners (coming soon)

Quizlet (coming soon)

NewsELA (coming soon)