Reading Resources

In the area of Reading and Language Arts there are numerous websites and apps available to assist students with reading challenges. Below you will find some great places to begin your search in looking for accommodations for your students.

E-books/Digital Text

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Spelling Websites

iPad and Reading Accessibility

  • Voice Dream Reader can load and extract text from a variety of file formats and sources. These include formats such as Word, PDF, Google Docs, and EPub to name a few. Font size, color, and reading speed are all adjustable with a natural sounding voice. This is a favorite! Find it in the App Store and it sells for $14.99. Also available on Google Play.

  • Your iPad has terrific, built-in tools for reading text. In the Settings go to "General" then "Accessibility", and then "Speech". Under the Speech menu you can turn on "Speak Selection" which will cause a speak button to appear when you select text. You may also want to turn on "Speak Screen". When you swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen you will hear the content on the screen read aloud.

Subscription Based Solutions

  • Snap&Read Universal is an all in one power-packed reading tool for reading Google Docs, websites, PDFs, and emails. It also has built in text leveling to make text easier to read and understand as well as translation and study tools. It has a bibliographer and includes templates for outlines that students can use while they are doing research or creating documents. When you buy a license you can also download the Snap&Read Universal app to your iPad. Take pictures of text documents with the iPad’s camera and instantly have that text accessible to you. Subscription based pricing is $3.99 per month for one student. District pricing is available.

  • Read&Write is a package of all in one study tools including word prediction, text reader, highlighting tools, and also speech input. This works on PC, Mac, Google, iPad and Android tablets. It can be downloaded free for 30 days and then there is a yearly subscription fee of $145. It could be well worth the price if it helps you to read, write and study smarter! The text to speech feature stays active even after the 30 day trial and it works very well.

  • BeeLine Reader is an extension that applies a color gradient to web pages to make them easier to read. Some research shows that students may read faster, easier and with better comprehension by applying the BeeLine Reader color schemes. You can try it out for free. Subscription for a full year is $24 and well worth it if it makes reading online easier for you!

Other Website Tools for Reading

  • Storyline Online is an award-winning website that features actors reading great children's literature aloud on video. Reading aloud to children helps to instill a love of reading and has been shown to improve overall reading skills. Nice selection of books targeted to listeners from kindergarten through fourth grade.
    Unite for Literacy has original non-fiction books to help support beginning readers of all ages. Clear pictures and photos and can be read aloud in English or one of 36 languages. Text varies from single words to a few sentences per page.

  • Rewordify helps to simplify difficult reading passages. Copy and paste the text you want simplified and let the website do the work. Adjustable features to assist with learning new vocabulary.

  • SpeakIt! is a very simple text to speech tool, but still has several options if you want them. With the extension installed, just highlight the text you want, then click the extension icon, or right click on the text and choose “SpeakIt!” The text will now be read aloud in whatever voice you have chosen. If you would like a different voice simply right click on the extension and choose “Options”. You can choose the voice you want, including male or female, and a large selection of nationalities. SpeakIt! works wonderfully on web pages, but if you use it in a Google Doc it will always start at the beginning of the document no matter what text you highlight.

  • Mercury Reader is a Chrome extension for cleaning up web pages to get rid of the ads and clutter to make it simpler for reading. There are adjustments for typeface and text size.

  • Newsela is a fantastic site for non-fiction material where lexile levels can be adjusted with a click of the mouse. For classroom teachers there are great topics here for current events teaching along with science and social studies articles.

  • Readworks is a reading comprehension website for levels K through 12. Print and online options are available. Set up classes and assign articles in a variety of content areas.

  • Audible is a paid resource of audiobooks that can be listened to on iOS, Android, and Alexa enabled devices. Try it free for 30 days

Contact Information

Consultant: Rosanne Burden
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1197
Fax: 269-471-0314
rosanne.burden@berrienresa.org

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