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ReadSpeaker TextAid, the Best in Literacy Support for Struggling Readers

The task of helping struggling readers stay motivated and at grade level is a difficult one. ReadSpeaker TextAid helps teachers and institutions face accessibility challenges with its read-aloud reading, writing, and studying tool, helping those with learning disabilities become confident, autonomous learners.

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“I’m a reader!”

ReadSpeaker TextAid uses bimodal presentation and aspects of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to let students listen to an audio version of content while reading along with the highlighted text. This text can come from websites, emails, scanned documents, textbooks, PDFs and more. Students can listen to any text with just one click of the ‘Listen’ button.

Reading and Writing

  • Copy and paste in any text to have it read
  • Listen to text in uploaded documents
  • Read scanned documents and images
  • One-click web-reading with the ‘TextAid Web Reader’
  • Have the text highlighted as you read
  • Adjustable reading speed
  • Read in 21 languages
  • Reading ruler and screen masking help you focus on the text
  • Talking Calculator reads numbers and calculations
  • Customizable text display provides more comfortable reading, with different fonts including OpenDyslexic
  • Have the text read back to you as you type. Includes spell check.
  • Download an audio file to listen to at any time

Researching

  • Translate text into 21 languages.
  • Save text and documents to your personal library and retrieve it at any time
  • Perform a web search on selected words or text

 

ReadSpeaker TextAid gives teachers extensive management and reporting tools:

  • Coordinators can manage groups and users, share documents, activate/deactivate certain features, and appoint other coordinators.
  • Access to full, detailed statistics for all users.

And it is a 100% web-based solution. That means no downloads and the ability to use it anytime, anywhere, and on any device, whether in the classroom, at home or on the go. Students can access a reading assignment at school, and then log back in at home and complete their homework. ReadSpeaker TextAid even reads to a student as he writes.

ReadSpeaker TextAid fully supports integration into an LMS as an “LTI Tool”. All LTI capable LMSs are supported, such as Blackboard, Brightspace, Canvas and Moodle. This means that TextAid can be made available to students through the LMS without the need for special user registration/sign-up or additional login. It supports both automatic registration as well as non-automatic registration. It is also possible to allow or disallow external login (login to TextAid outside of the LMS).

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Literacy software uses text-to-speech technology to allow students to listen to an audio version of any written content while following along with the highlighted text.

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ReadSpeaker TextAid: Instructional Videos

For all instructional videos, please visit the TextAid Help Center.

The following instructional videos for TextAid are listed here for your convenience:

ReadSpeaker TextAid Features: A Complete Literacy Support Service

At ReadSpeaker, our rich experience working with educational institutions has allowed us to create the most complete literacy support service on the market today, designed specifically with their needs in mind.

 

For the User

100% web based

ReadSpeaker TextAid as well as your saved texts and uploaded documents can be accessed from any internet-connected device and browser.

Text Highlighting

Have the text highlighted as it is being read. You can choose the colors used for the text and the sentence/word highlighting

Copy and Paste

ANY text and have it read to you

Document Reading

Upload your own documents, including scanned documents and images. ReadSpeaker TextAid includes ReadSpeaker docReader, which lets you both view and listen to your documents in several formats (PowerPoint, PDF, Word, EPUB, etc.). Save any document to your personal library and access it from any browser or device.

Download Audio Files*

Save audio files of the speech-enabled text to access at any time, even while off-line.

* Downloads one page at a time to an mp3 file.

One-click Web Reading

Read web pages with just one click of the ‘TextAid Web Reader’ tool that sits in the Bookmark Bar. Or, if you have the ReadSpeaker TextAid ‘Complete’ subscription, add one of the free ReadSpeaker browser extensions (ReadSpeaker TextAid Chrome Extension for Google Chrome and Opera, ReadSpeaker TextAid Edge Extension for Microsoft Edge, ReadSpeaker TextAid Firefox Extension for Mozilla Firefox) which enable a toolbox in your browser, allowing you to listen to web pages including pdfs, Google Docs and Microsoft Word Online pages.

Scan/OCR

Upload content from multiple sources, including scanned texts and images.

Text Selection and Lookup

Select any part of the text and listen to only that section. You can also look up the selected word or text on Wikipedia or perform a web search on Google.

Annotations

Draw or write text directly on any uploaded document. Fill in blanks, take a test or add notes and save, print or email the document.

Text Settings

Customize the text display and formatting for more comfortable reading. You can choose the text color, size, and typeface, including fonts such as OpenDyslexic.

Screen Masking

Focus on smaller parts of the text at once.

Reading Ruler

Focus on one line at a time.

Talking Calculator

Reads back numbers as well as calculations.

Text Library

Save text to your personal library and retrieve it at any time.

Translation

Translate text into any of the available languages. You can then listen to the translation or revert back to the original language.

Text Read Back

Have the text read back to you as you type. You can choose to have each character, completed words and/or full sentences read.

Dictation

With speech-to-text functionality, what you say will be written out for you.

Word Prediction and Auto Completion

Learns from each individual user to predict and complete words. Available in the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish.

Spell Check

Check your text for spelling errors and choose from the suggested corrections. Spell check is available for the following languages: Arabic, Dutch, English, Faroese, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

Highlighter

Highlight passages in various colors to later be collected and summarized as text that may be edited, printed or downloaded.

Reading Language and Speed

Choose up to five reading languages from: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese), English (American), English (Australian), English (British), English (Indian), Dutch, Dutch (Belgian), Finnish, French, French (Canadian), German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Spanish (American) or Swedish; and adjust the reading speed to your comfort level.

Secure Access

All communication between your device and ReadSpeaker TextAid is fully encrypted.

 

For the Administrator

Group and User Management tools

Coordinators can manage groups and users (1 learner = 1 user), share documents, activate/deactivate certain features, and appoint other coordinators.

Learning Management Integration

Integration into any existing learning management systems (LMS), full support for integration into an LMS as an LTI Tool.

Statistics

Access to full, detailed statistics for all users.

Available Languages

Reading and Translation

American, Australian, British and Indian English, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Cantonese Chinese, Canadian French, Belgian Dutch, Dutch, German, American Spanish, Spanish, French, Finnish, Icelandic, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish or Swedish 

User Interface

 English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

“I’m a reader!”

ReadSpeaker TextAid literacy software builds confidence and lifelong learning skills by helping students achieve academic success.

Reading and Writing Support

  • Bimodal presentation improves comprehension by presenting information in visual and audio formats at the same time
  • OpenDyslexic font and reading tools available for increased readability
  • Text is read back as the student types for better understanding (including spell check)
  • Multiple languages available for language fluency
  • Translation check and pronunciation of foreign words and phrases

Study Support

  • Upload documents in multiple formats, including scanned documents and images, for access at any time
  • Students can save texts for easy retrieval
  • One-click web reading in an invaluable research tool

Autonomy, Self-Esteem, and Motivation

  • Increases motivation, self-confidence, and performance
  • Comprehension of texts encourages continued learning and the development of lifelong skills
  • Learners can listen to texts and documents from any device
  • Independence allows students to choose when, where and what they read, motivating reluctant readers to read more

Consult our e-Books and Guides, read our Case Studies, or learn more about the
benefits of bimodal content presentation for literacy support.

Testimonials

“I find TextAid far more user friendly, quicker and more accessible than other solutions on the market. Plus now I can work independently, on any device. I’m also a fan of working with the OCR and storing my OCR-ed photos of text.”

Hubert Jäger, Germany – Dyslexic and autistic student, Netherlands

“So I’m able to take TextAid with me anywhere I go. I don’t need my personal computer to use it.”
Golda Lawson-Cohen, United States

“Since I have dyslexia, TextAid is of great help to me when I’m reading text material . I’m studying for driving instructors and before I got TextAid, my partner had to read aloud to me because I myself do not have the energy to get through long texts. TextAid has made it possible for me to avoid having to involve others in my study , which gives me greater freedom and flexibility to choose when and where to read the material I receive. I get a large part of my study material on email , so it is simplicity itself to copy the text into TextAid and get it read. It is especially good for me that the sentence and the word that is read in the moment is also marked so that I can easily follow the text . I really appreciate TextAid and would heartily recommend it to others.”
Mattias, Sweden

“I like using ReadSpeaker TextAid. My mum, who speaks fluent French and Italian, and was head of a language department in a secondary school, tried it too. She thinks the text and verbal translations are quite good.”
Jo, United Kingdom

ReadSpeaker TextAid Pricing for Educational Use

From individual complete subscriptions starting at $4/month to institutional licenses including 5 languages or moreReadSpeaker TextAid is the most cost-effective solution on the market today.

Contact us for more information about school and campus licenses, a free demo and to discuss how ReadSpeaker TextAid technology can make a difference at your educational institution.

For more information about individual packages, click here and sign up for a free individual trial.