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Literacy Support with Google Chrome Information on getting started for students and their parents (Note:

Literacy 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 26 th , 2015)

By: A ndrea @ ino v8 - ed.com

What’s Google Chrome?

Chrome is a web browser (actually now the world’s 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 extension s and app s do ?

Extensi ons and ap ps 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 that’s what’s 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 inf ormation on age requirements: http://bit.ly/1yEYGY2

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 student’s 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 time!)

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Google Drive is free and individuals with personal accounts (school accou nts are different) receive

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

How to download Drive to your Mac or PC:

https://support.go ogle.com/drive/answer/2374989?hl=en

How to dowload to iOS:

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2497973?hl=en

How to download to Android:

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/1688488?hl=en

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 . Bec ause Chrome (and Google Drive) is cl oud - 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 use .

4. They are increasingly universal and inclusive . Many classrooms are u sing 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 exten sions We aren’t big fans of enormous lists of

Getting started with apps and exten sions

We aren’t big fans of enormous lists of apps as we all tend to get o verwhelmed…so here are five u s ef u l 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 effectiv e literacy support software called Read&Write GOLD. It offers a wide- range of options for reading and writing support, such as word prediction, text to- speech, and dictation. It stands out for its notetaking and annotation features (the ability to take no tes on top of the text). http://bit.ly/1bdWfkJ

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 options. http://bit.ly/1JTmmJ4

Google Keep - This is a simple and free Chrome app that allows students to create and save notes, lists, and photos. It’s a great app for organization for projects, or to keep track of homework. http://bit.ly/1HEEI1q

Voice Note 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. http://bit.ly/1ztUyEY

Connected Mind -A bra instorming and mindmapping Chrome app that can be used as a pre - writing t ool or as a plan for a project. http://bit.ly/1JTmubw

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