Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Setting Up Read&Write for iPad App

I know more and more teachers and students who are exploring and utilizing Texthelp's Read&Write products everyday.  Some kids are using it to have text from Google Docs and internet articles read out loud to them, some kids are using the premium word prediction feature for writing assignments.  Teachers are using it to create vocabulary lists to share with students, allowing the kids to see a picture representation of a vocabulary term, as well as the definition of the term.  They have been very comfortable with setting up and using the Chrome App Extension for quite awhile; but this school year with more and more students using iPads as part of their assistive technology plan (and more and more students bringing in iPads for their BYOD time) it was time to really conquer the use of the app. Once Read&Write for iPad is set up and ready to go on your iPad, it's pretty easy to use...but the set-up requires multiple steps and I found that many teachers were struggling with getting things going on their own.

I have created a cheat sheet to help you through the process.  Right off the bat, the first issue I see parents and teachers struggle with is how they search for the app within the app store.  If you are interested in downloading this free app, search for "Texthelp" or "Read&Write" and you will see the app right away.  I believe the biggest misconception about the Read&Write for iPad app is that people believe the app itself is where you go in order to access the reading and writing tools; however, the app only allows you to adjust settings for the tools. Read&Write for iPad actually works more as a third party keyboard, and must be turned on as an "Activity" within your web browsing app.  Sounds complicated, but I promise it's not!  Just follow these step by step directions and get yourself set up with a super helpful reading and writing support tool for the iPad.

Read&Write for iPad App Directions

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