As a pre-service teacher, implementing technology into my classroom is all about finding different tools and resources that I can share with my students. Read&Write is a specific resource that is great for supporting your learners who struggle with literacy, especially those exceptional learners where these tools can make a world of a difference for them.
Read&Write offers specific supportive tools that can help our learners gain confidence with their literary skills. It offers text-to-speech for those with visual impairments, text and picture dictionaries, speech to text for those who are hard of hearing, word predictions for suggestions, and other tools that can be supportive for anyone. Watch the video below if you interested in a tutorial of how Read&Write operates.
Read&Write is also free for educators and is quite user-friendly. It even has a toolmatcher page so that educators can effectively accommodate for their students. On this page, the educator checks the boxes that best match the needs of their learner, afterwards they click “see how read&write can help” and it offers techniques for the students.
The SAMR model (substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition), describes how to integrate technology into teaching and lesson planning. Substitution and Augmentation focus on enhancing the learning for the student whereas Modification and Redefinition focus on transforming the learning for the specific student. In my opinion, Read&Write would fall into the Augmentation category of the SAMR model because it is a tool that enhances the learning for students by providing functional improvements such as text-to-speech.
As an educator integrating technology into your classroom, do you think it is important to think about whether the resource, tool, or application would enhance or transform the learning for any of your students?