As we continue to support our diverse learners in brick and mortar classrooms and virtual classrooms, we must carefully consider how to partner with our students and families to support their specific disabilities. As we celebrate Dyslexia Awareness this October, let’s focus on the specific needs of our students with Dyslexia in the virtual classroom. Here are some of our favorite digital tools that address presentation, response, and timing accommodations.

Dyslexia Presentation Tools – Allowing students to have information read aloud

Read AloudChrome & Firefox Extension that uses text-to-speech technology to convert webpage text to audio.  It works on a variety of websites, publications, textbooks, school and class websites, online universities, and course materials.

Read Aloud – Chrome & Firefox Extension that uses text-to-speech technology to convert webpage text to audio.  It works on a variety of websites, publications, textbooks, school and class websites, online universities, and course materials.

Natural Reader – Takes just the text from websites, then turns them into easy to understand audio files. This platform also allows users to paste text right into it and get a text-to-speech readout.

Natural Reader – Takes just the text from websites, then turns them into easy to understand audio files. This platform also allows users to paste text right into it and get a text-to-speech readout.

Immersive Reader Offline Extension – The immersive reader is a free tool, built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, Microsoft Teams, Forms, Flipgrid, Nearpod, Wakelet, Minecraft Education Edition and the Edge browser, that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing. You can also use this offline extension to read aloud content, adjust text size, spacing, and colors. It also includes a picture dictionary, translation, and line focus.

Immersive Reader Offline Extension – The immersive reader is a free tool, built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, Microsoft Teams, Forms, Flipgrid, Nearpod, Wakelet, Minecraft Education Edition and the Edge browser, that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing. You can also use this offline extension to read aloud content, adjust text size, spacing, and colors. It also includes a picture dictionary, translation, and line focus.

Newsela – Student-friendly articles for all grades & subjects offered at different Lexile levels. The articles can be read aloud within the platform, students and teachers can annotate the text using different colors and make comments or ask questions.

Newsela – Student-friendly articles for all grades & subjects offered at different Lexile levels. The articles can be read aloud within the platform, students and teachers can annotate the text using different colors and make comments or ask questions.

Dyslexia Response Tools – Sharing answers on an audio recorder and voice typing

SpeakPipe – Allows you to create an audio recording directly from a browser by using your microphone. The recording is produced locally on your computer, and you can record as many times as you need. There is the option to save your recording on their server and get a link to it, so you can send it via email or use on the web.

SpeakPipe – Allows you to create an audio recording directly from a browser by using your microphone. The recording is produced locally on your computer, and you can record as many times as you need. There is the option to save your recording on their server and get a link to it, so you can send it via email or use on the web.

Vocaroo – A simple, free voice recorder that allows users to create an audio recording with just a few clicks. Once recorded, the audio file can remain on the server and be easily transmitted via a link, or it can be downloaded into several different file types including MP3, Ogg, FLAC, or WAV. Additionally, it can be embedded onto a blog or website or shared via several social media buttons.

Vocaroo – A simple, free voice recorder that allows users to create an audio recording with just a few clicks. Once recorded, the audio file can remain on the server and be easily transmitted via a link, or it can be downloaded into several different file types including MP3, Ogg, FLAC, or WAV. Additionally, it can be embedded onto a blog or website or shared via several social media buttons.

Microsoft Word and Word Online – Offers an easy to use dictation tool that transcribes audio using speech recognition. You can create a free Microsoft Office account to access not only Microsoft Word, but also PowerPoint and Excel.

Microsoft Word and Word Online – Offers an easy to use dictation tool that transcribes audio using speech recognition. You can create a free Microsoft Office account to access not only Microsoft Word, but also PowerPoint and Excel.

Dyslexia Timing Tools – Signal to show students how much time is left to complete a task

Classroom Screen – A one-stop-shop with useful widgets you can use while teaching or while students are working. Widgets include a count up or count down timer, traffic light as a visual reminder, clock, text writing tool, sound level monitor, and so much more.

Classroom Screen – A one-stop-shop with useful widgets you can use while teaching or while students are working. Widgets include a count up or count down timer, traffic light as a visual reminder, clock, text writing tool, sound level monitor, and so much more.

Online Stopwatch – Simple and easy to use timers available in different themes such as classic, animals, sports themed, space, and sci-fi.

Online Stopwatch – Simple and easy to use timers available in different themes such as classic, animals, sports themed, space, and sci-fi.

Additional Dyslexia Assistive Technology Tools

Windows – In Control Panel under Ease of Access

Chromebook – In Settings under Accessibility

Android – In Settings > Accessibility > Text to Speech Output

Mac/iPad – In Settings under Accessibility

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The app also provides real-time data dashboards to help track, report and share progress with key stakeholders. Learn more today!

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