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Support with Google Chrome

Information on getting started for students and their parents

(Note: this document accompanies the Literacy with Google! presentation for the
Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities, April 26th, 2015)

Whats Google Chrome?

Chrome is a web browser (actually now the worlds most popular!) There are a
number of ways to personalize Chrome for the user, such as adding apps and
extensions. So on that note

What do extensions and apps do?

Extensions and apps personalize and individualize the browser, and the reading and
writing environment for a student. For example, students can add apps to read the
text on the screen if thats whats needed. Or, students can add apps that allows for
mapping out ideas prior to writing.

What is Google Drive?

*Important information about Google Drive

You must have a Google account (a unified sign-in system to Google) to access Google
Drive. To open a Google account, you must be 13 years of age or older.
More information on age requirements:

Google Drive is like a filing cabinet for your documents-but instead of it being on
your computer, it exists on the web, or in the cloud. It can be accessed anytime and
anywhere from different devices, and a students documents, personal apps and
extensions are always available. In addition, there are multiple collaborative
features on Google Drive (students can collaboratively write on a document in real

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Google Drive is free and individuals with personal accounts (school accounts are
different) receive 15 GB of free cloud storage.

How to download Drive to your Mac or PC:

How to dowload to iOS:

How to download to Android:

Why use Google Chrome (and Google Drive) for increased access
and to support literacy?

1. Its free. Many apps and extensions are free or lower-cost as well.
Traditionally, assistive technology has been quite expensive; tools that are
now accessible over the web are more affordable and are proving to be just
as effective.

2. The technology follows the student, not the other way around. Because
Chrome (and Google Drive) is cloud-based, students can log in and have their
assistive tools available to them anytime, anywhere.

3. Simplicity of use. Apps are stand-alone tools that are often quite simple to

4. They are increasingly universal and inclusive. Many classrooms are using
Google apps, so students who need literacy support do not stand out in any
way-as in the past. Many schools are migrating towards cloud-based
services; increasingly the entire class has access to assistive apps.

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Getting started with apps and extensions

We arent big fans of enormous lists of apps as we all tend to get

overwhelmedso here are five useful apps for accessibility that we have tested
and use on a regular basis (ie. they work!)

Read&Write for Google- This Chrome app is baed on an effective literacy support
software called Read&Write GOLD. It offers a wide-range of options for reading and
writing support, such as word prediction, textto-speech, and dictation. It stands out
for its notetaking and annotation features (the ability to take notes on top of the

WordQ CA II-This is another Chrome app that is based on an assistive software. It
features both reading and writing mode, and has customizable text-to-speech

Google Keep-This is a simple and free Chrome app that allows students to create
and save notes, lists, and photos. Its a great app for organization for projects, or to
keep track of homework.

VoiceNote II Speech to text-An easy to use, free speech recogntion (dictation)
Chrome extension that can be used to dictate short sentences, and paragraphs. This
type of tool can be used to practice dictation.

Connected Mind-A brainstorming and mindmapping Chrome app that can be used
as a pre-writing tool or as a plan for a project.

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