Read&Write for Google Chrome (RW4GC) is a Chrome Extension toolbar available for use both at school and at home to support reading and writing skills. This easy-to-use toolbar makes Google Workspace apps (e.g., Docs, Slides, Forms) and web pages more accessible.
In order to access this extension, please make sure you are logged into Chrome with your school account. Here is how to log in ‘Accessing Chrome Extensions‘ and ‘Accessing SEA extensions from home‘.
Read and Write for Google Chrome Overview
Activities to Try the Tools!
Practice the Writing Tools using this picture prompt Doc for J/I/S students
Practice Reading and Writing Tools using this Doc for J/I/S students
Practice Reading and Writing Tools using this Doc for Primary students
|Using Read and Write for Google Chrome in Brighspace (video)|
Watch with students to see how to access RW4GC tools while in Brightspace.
|FRENCH: Changing the Settings for Different languages (video)|
Watch with students to change the settings together
|English Language Learners Support Tools (PDF)|
A breakdown of tools for various stages of language acquisition.
Demonstration of Tools to Support Literacy Skills
The videos below show how the tools work. Watch these videos with students to build their skill set and for ideas about how to include them in every day practice.
|Text-to-Speech – reads text on the screen||Dictionary and Picture Dictionary Tools||Screen Masking – a reading light that follows the mouse to help with focus|
|Translator – single word translation into chosen language||Simplify Page – declutter webpages, change fonts (e.g., OpenDyslexic) and simplify text||Screenshot Reader – reads inaccessible text in images or PDFs. The first time you use this, you will have to add this extension and restart your browser.|
Writing and Creating Tools
|Talk & Type – turn your voice into text||Word Prediction – start typing words and let RW4GC show you words. This helps with spelling.|
|Check It – a spelling, grammar, and homophone checker for Google Docs writing||Text-to-Speech – proofread writing by listening to your text read aloud|
|Voice Notes – leave up to 1 minute audio comments in Google Slides and Docs||Practice Reading Aloud – record and listen to yourself reading a doc or a website and share the recording with an educator|
|Collect Highlights – extract key information to place into a new Google Doc||Vocabulary – creates a customizable vocabulary chart with definitions and images for selected words||Audio Maker– creates a downloadable mp3 file of selected text|