LCSC students, faculty and staff have FREE access to Read & Write, an award-winning literacy software tool that can help students improve reading, writing, research and study skills. Read & Write also has a variety of tools that benefit the English Language Learner who may struggle with reading fluency, comprehension, and word pronunciation.
More information about the software is available on the Read & Write website.
The customizable, easy-to-use toolbar seamlessly integrates with common applications including Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Adobe Reader, and Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer Web browsers.
The R&W Toolbar for Windows (shown below) sits at the top of the computer screen so its features can be used with any application that is open (Word Documents, PDF’s, Power Points, Web Browsers).
|Tool||Icon||How it works|
|Spell Check||Click this button to perform a Spell Check on a document. Hover over words in the suggestions list o hear read aloud.|
|Prediction||Click this button to open or close the word prediction window. Start typing and words will be predicted.|
|Dictionary||Click this button when you have selected a word to look up in the dictionary. Alternatively, click the button before selecting a word, then type the word into the text box. Definitions can be read aloud by clicking play.|
|Picture Dictionary||Displays images from Widget Symbols to help suport fluency and understang.|
|Text to Speech||
|| Reads text aloud in Word docs, on the web and more, with dual color highlighting and natural-sounding voicess.
Highlight or place your cursor in front of some text, and click the Play button. Use additional controls to rewind, fat forward, plause and stop speech playback.
||Converts inaccessible text to accessible text through OCR. Click the icon and then drag your mouse to draw a rectangle arounda any inaccessible text to OCR it on demand|
||Click this button to OCR/Scan a paper document to PDF, Word, or HTML format.|
|Hightlights & Erase Highlights||
Allows users tohighlight and color code sections of tet on a page, to facilitate summarizing categorizin and higher order skill.sErase highlights from a page when you are done with them, by selecting highlights and clicking the Erase icon.
Collects your highlights into a new Word doc.
Adjust collection and bibliography settings in the Read&Write settings menu, under the Highlights section.
Builds vocabulary lists in a Word doc., including selected word, dictionary definitions, images from Widgit Symbols, and an editable notes column.
Use colored highlighters to select words, then click icon to generate vocabulary list in a new Word doc.
|Settings||Customize options for all the Reead&Write features, or use the Quick Access panel for frequently used settings. About menu, video tours, and Support site.|
|Help||Click this button to access Texthelp's Support site, for help with common questions or issues.|
If you want help learning this amazing tool, stop in at The Writing Center in the LCSC Library, Room 172 or call (208)-792-2433 or Disabilty Services in RCH 111 at (208) 792-2211.
If you have trouble downloading, contact the IT Helpdesk at (208) 792-2231.