Date
20 November 2019

Make effective use of technologies to support literacy

Accessibility and literacy support tools, such as text-to-speech can provide an on-ramp to successful participation in learning. Ensure all students know how to use them effectively.

Utilise technologies to support motivation

Utilise technologies to support motivation

Linda Ojala uses Reading Eggs and other online tools to support student autonomy and motivation in literacy.

Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools

Kit Hard demonstrates the value of text-to-speech tools.

He illustrates how to use them on an iPad.

Make accessibility tools available to all

Make accessibility tools available to all

Introduce all students to free or inexpensive tools that can remove barriers and provide support for literacy learning.
  • Text-to-speech (TTS) software converts text from a website or digital document into speech by reading written information aloud. It is often highlighted with word tracking.

– TTS on Mac operating systems
– Natural Reader
– Read and Write for Google Docs

  • Word prediction software predicts a required word as a student writes, producing a list of words. Explore LetMeType.
  • Explore Mercury Reader or use the Reader function on Mac operating systems to access clutter-free web pages.
  • Spell and contextual grammar checkers. Explore Ginger for Chrome.
  • Closed Captions (subtitles). Turn them on when sharing videos with students.

Coach writers using collaborative tools

Coach writers using collaborative tools

Sandra Gillies shares how she utilises collaborative tools to support students with dyslexia to expand and organise their writing.

Turn on closed captions on videos

Turn on closed captions on videos

Closed-captions on videos support literacy development.

Turn them on when you are teaching.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Free online assistive technology tools to help with reading, writing and math

Read time: 10 min

Publisher: Understood

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Website

MyStudyBar

Publisher: Soffed Ltd

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Website

Read and Write for Google Chrome

Publisher: Texthelp

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Support literacy development”:

Return to the guide “Dyslexia and learning”

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