If your school district only offers Snap&Read and Co:Writer to students with identified disabilities, it may be time to try a different way.
Snap&Read and Co:Writer are reading and writing tools that support students with disabilities. But they can help students who don’t have identified disabilities too.
These kinds of tools give struggling readers ways to work independently and keep up with grade-level curriculum.
Snap&Read’s text leveling tool changes difficult text into simpler language so students can understand what they’re reading.
Snap&Read’s text-to-speech reads text aloud across platforms. Snap&Read gives students reading below grade level a way to understand grade-level work independently.
Co:Writer’s specialized word prediction can be set to specific topics to help struggling writers get ideas onto paper.
ELL students can use Snap&Read’s translation tool to read in their native language.
Snap&Read’s study tools help students who struggle with executive function take notes, keep track of sources, and organize essays.
When students can work independently, educators can spend more time teaching.
“The number of kids who benefit from using features like speech to text and word prediction has grown exponentially as we’ve provided 1-1 technology to more and more kids,” says Gayl Bower, independent assistive technology consultant and author of Leading the Way to Excellence in AT Services.
Many school districts have made accessible technology available to all of their students with district licenses.
These districts are giving Snap&Read and Co:Writer to all of their students.
But changing any kind of system can be tough. Even if it frees up time in the long run, when you’re short on time, initiating change can feel impossible.
Gayl works with many districts to help them reach more students with accessible technology support.
We recently caught up with her to talk about growing accessible technology use in a school or district.
These are her top five tips.