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Reading Support

The full version of Read&Write is available for all current Conestoga students and employees to download using the links above. 

 Features:

  • Provides personalized support tools to help with reading, writing, and researching
  • Features include text-to-speech, speech-to-text, highlighters, and summary tools

Compatibility: Windows and Mac, Chrome extension

Cost: Free

OrbitNote

Make documents accessible

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Features:

  • Have PDFs read aloud and customize the voice & reading speed.
  • Highlight and extract information with coloured highlighters.
  • Type text on top of your PDFs or use freehand & shape drawing to scribble and draw on your digital documents.
  • Add text and voice comments or use pushpins for helpful hints or instructions.
  • Collaborate on documents in real time.

Compatibility: Google Chrome extension

Cost: Free.

Immersive Reader

Reading comprehension & learning tool

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Features:

  • Tools that read text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters.
  • Improves comprehension, encourages independent reading, and is simple to use.

Compatibility: OneNote, Word, Outlook, Microsoft Edge, Teams, and Office Lens.

Cost: Free.

Safari Reader

Read without distractions

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Features:

  • Formats a webpage to show just the relevant text and images.
  • Hides ads, navigation menus, and other distracting items.
  • Lets you adjust the font, font size, and background color.

Compatibility: Mac, iPhone, iPad.

Cost: Free.

Speechify

Text-to-speech extension & mobile app 

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Features:

  • Natural sounding voices to listen to your articles, PDFs, physical books
  • Mobile app allows you to scan physical book pages with your camera and Speechify will read you the content

Compatibility: iOS, Chrome, Web, Android, Mobile Safari Extension. Your library of audiobooks will sync across all your devices.

Cost: Free and premium accounts.

Voice Dream Reader

Mobile text-to-speech app

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Features:

  • Mobile text-to-speech app. Reads webpages, documents, PDFs, and eBooks. 
  • Tools include bookmarking, text highlighting and annotation, full text search, and dictionary 

Compatibility: iOS, Android app

Cost: $20.99 (iOS); $13.99 (Android)

Natural Reader

Reader with natural-sounding voices

Natural

Features:

  • Text-to-speech to read webpages, documents, eBooks, and emails aloud

Compatibility: Windows, Mac desktop software, iOS and Android app

Cost: Free and paid versions available

Dolphin Easy Reader

Accessible reading app

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Features:

  • Accessible reading app for people with print disabilities including dyslexia, low vision and blindness
  • Instant and direct access to 15 international accessible book and newspaper libraries, including CELA library and Bookshare 

Compatibility: iOS and Android app

Cost: Free

Postlight Reader

Remove ads & distractions online 

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Features:

  • Simplify the web reading experience by removing ads and distractions to focus on the text

Compatibility: Chrome extension

Cost: Free

Microsoft Office Lens

Digitize handouts & whiteboard notes

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 Features:

  • Digitize printed handouts and whiteboard notes into editable documents and save to OneDrive or OneNote
  • Use with Immersive Reader to have text read to you

Compatibility: iOS and Android app

Cost: Free

Claro ScanPen

Scanner & reader app

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Features:

  • Take a photo of your printed document, select text with your finger and have it read back to you

Compatibility: iOS, Android app

Cost: $13.99

Dark Reader

Dark mode for every website

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Features:

  • Creates dark themes for websites on the fly.
  • Inverts bright colors, making them high contrast and easy to read.
  • Helps you adjust brightness, contrast, sepia filter, dark mode, and font settings.

Compatibility: Google Chrome extension

Cost: Free.

Alpha Text

Make text readable

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Features:

  • Quickly adjust font size, font style, and line spacing on websites.
  • Customize the text and background colour to your liking.
  • Remove distracting media (images, videos, backgrounds).
  • Save favourite style sets to apply with a single click.

Compatibility: Google Chrome extension

Cost: Free.