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Reading

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IPAD
Immersive Reader in Office 365 (Word Online and One Note Online)
  • ​All staff and students have access to Office 365 on computers and mobile devices online through the portal  (Utilities Link> Office 365)
  • Open a Word or OneNote document and select Edit Document> Edit in Browser > View tab > Immersive Reader 
  • Text to Speech with word tracking, can change the voice, speed and language
  • Immersive Reader detects language and changes text to speech and Picture dictionary options based on the language
  • Can change Text size, fonts, spacing and themes
  • Can select parts of speech and syllables to help with Comprehension and Decoding 
  • Reading Preferences line focus, picture dictionary with spoken work, translation to other languages 

How to use Immersive Reader and Learning Tools in Word Online​

Immersive Reader with Word Online in Office 365 -TIP Sheet.pdf

Word Online Immersive Reader Options.pdf



Immersive Reader in Office 365 (Word Online and One Note Online)
  • ​All staff and students have access to Office 365 on computers and mobile devices online through the portal  (Utilities Link> Office 365)
  • Open a Word or OneNote document and select Edit Document> Edit in Browser > View tab > Immersive Reader 
  • Text to Speech with word tracking, can change the voice, speed and language
  • ​Immersive Reader detects language and changes text to speech and Picture dictionary options based on the language​
  •  Can change Text size, fonts, spacing and themes
  • ​Can select parts of speech and syllables to help with Comprehension and Decoding 
  • ​​Reading Preferences line focus, picture dictionary with spoken work, translation to other languages ​


How to use Immersive Reader and Learning Tools in Word Online​
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  • There are many Text To Speech extensions available for Chrome. Access to them is changing all the time. Since they are free, it is hard to keep track of which ones to use. To search for extensions to add to Google Chrome Go to the Chrome webstore . Type 'Text to Speech' in the search bar to see which ones are available. 

    At this time, the SD71 is not installing any of these extensions district wide but you are able to add them for individual students or staff.  

    See the  Comparison of Text to Speech Extensions  chart (to the right) to know which ones work with different options. There are some tip sheets for some of the extensions (to the right).

    • Extensions only work in Google Chrome Browser            
    • Text to speech for reading web content 
    • Either Select text and click icon to listen; or right-click selected text and choose extension from the list to listen
    • Most have an adjustable Speech rate 
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Comparison of Text to Speak Extension options for Google Chrome.pdf

​​Chrome-Text-To-Speech-TIP Sheet.pdf


Chrome-SpeakIt!-TIP Sheet .pdf

SpeakIt! Video

SETBC Chrome Resources​
Speak Selection & Speak Screen ​ 
Built in Accessiblity Feature in iOS on  iDevices 
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  • Text-to-speech for reading web content or any apps with text capability 
  • Reads selected text aloud or entire selected screen
  • Must be turned on in Settings (General -- Accessibility)
  • Speak Selection activated by tapping the word you want to start reading at and dragging the blue dot over the text to be read aloud then tapping speak
  • Speak Screen activated by flicking down with two fingers from top of screen
  • Words may be highlighted (tracked) as spoken 
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SPEAK SELECTION iPAD_Internet_TASK CARD.pdf

Turning on Speak Selection and Speak Screen Video

SETBC iOS Accessiblity Resources 
Open Dysexic Font 
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  • Extension th​​​at can be manually added to Google Chrome Browser
  • Need to be in Chrome Browser
  • Changes the font accross websites and online application to the Open Dyslexic Font 
  • Heavier weighted font to helps to ground letters for some students 

Information on Open Dyslexic Font ​

Open Dyslexic Font Extension on Chome Web Store
 
Open Dyslexic Font extention with District Databases-TIP Sheet.pdf

 safari.JPGReader View in Safari
Built in Accessiblity Feature in iOS on iDevices /Safari 
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Reader View in Safari​ Tip Sheet 

Reader View in Safari Video​
Vu Bar 
  • Software added to all computer in SD71 found in Programs menu 
  • Support for students with Dyslexia, tracking, processing and vision needs
  • Adds an on screen, customizable slotted ruler
  • ​Can customize bar width, height and colour
  • Right click on the bar to customize
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Low Tech Reading window avalible for download in two sizes Big and Small. Print on coloured card stock, cut out the window and laminate (can use coloured transparency for coloured window). 

Low tech Gui​ded Reading coloured overlay strips purchase ​
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​Download VuBar​ 

​​​​Vu Bar with District Databases, websites, e-text.pdf



reading windows big.pdf

reading windows small.pdf
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SS Overlay 
  • ​​Software added to all computers in SD71 found in Programs menu
  • Support for students with Dyslexia, tracking, processing and vision needs
  • Similar to low tech irlen overlays 
  • Adds an on screen, customizable coloured overlay to screen
  • right click on the SS Overlay icon ​ss overlay icon.JPG to change the settings (colours and transparency)

Low Tech Overlay options use coloured transparencies. One option is using Poly Pockets from Staples 
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Download SS Overlay ​​​​

ssOverlay with District Databases, websites, e-text.pdf