Date
16 August 2020

Explore ​digital tools to support literacy (years 1-13)

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Supporting reading and writing’

Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools

A how-to guide to get students up and running with Read and Write for Google.

Note: The text-to-speech features are free for students.

Offer digital tools to all learners

Offer digital tools to all learners

Take a universal approach to offering access options and support.

Make common digital tools available to all students across the curriculum.

Utilise digital storytelling tools

Utilise digital storytelling tools

Storybird, a free digital story writing tool, has improved student literacy at Te Kura o Kutarere by providing pictures as a support and removing the barriers created by writing by hand.

Use audio books

Use audio books

Audio books support learners to access information and develop comprehension skills.

Audio books can be used to:

  • increase engagement and motivation and prevent frustration 
  • introduce learners to books above their reading level
  • model fluent reading
  • introduce new genre that might not otherwise be considered
  • support new vocab
  • customise books (by speeding up or slowing down narration).

For audio resources, explore:

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Engaging reluctant writers using e-learning tools

Publisher: Catriona Pene

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Support reading and writing”:

Return to the guide “Curriculum accessibility”

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