Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mark Your Calendar

Mark your calendar for District 219’s 1:1 technology and Web 2.0 learning event .
This dynamic program will include featured speakers, lunch, entertainment and engaging teacher presentations. All focusing on a variety of cutting-edge technologies and
instructional strategies;
  • Internet and Web 2.0
  • Hybrid and blended models of instruction 
  • Free and Open-Source applications
  • Google Apps in the classroom
  • Student success and assessment strategies
  • Professional networking

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Read Write Gold now available as Texthelp Web Apps for Netbooks

Texthelp Systems, leading provider of award-winning literacy software solutions, has released their new Suite of Web Apps. The Texthelp Web Apps work within browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox) on mobile devices including our students netbooks. The Apps include: Read&Write Web, eBook Reader for Bookshare® eBooks, Speech, and Dictionary.
With the proliferation of iPads and other mobile devices, schools and colleges are looking for Assistive Technology (AT) solutions that allow their students to use these devices at school and at home to access digital content. Read&Write GOLD users can now benefit from access to familiar support features, including Read Aloud with dual color highlighting, Dictionary, Translator, and Study Skills, anywhere, anytime.
Texthelp Web Apps include:

  • Read&Write Web - The Read&Write Web toolbar opens within a browser and interacts with web content providing: Text-to-Speech to read HTML content aloud with dual color highlighting, Dictionary and Picture Dictionary to look up unfamiliar words, Translator to translate selected words into multiple languages, Study Skills to highlight and extract important pieces of information, and Fact Finder to research on the web. Users can also control the speed of the reading voice.

  • eBook Reader - The innovative eBook Reader for Bookshare eBooks allows a user to log in to Bookshare, search for and open or save a Bookshare eBook and read the book aloud with dual color highlighting. eBook Reader also provides access to the same support tools found in Read&Write Web as well as personalization options for reading and speech.

  • Speech - Designed for smaller mobile devices such as iPhones, Speech allows users to read aloud any typed or pasted text with color highlighting.

  • Dictionary - Another App meant for smaller devices, the Dictionary App allows users to look up typed or pasted words and get text definitions as well as image representations. Definitions can also be read aloud.

Link to preview video:

Installation Instructions

To install the apps go to

  • For North teachers and students use nilesnorth as both the username and password.

  • For West Teachers and students use nileswest as both the username and password.

Select a browser app to install and follow the instruction for the browser of your choice.

User will be prompted to log in each time the app is launched and will remain logged for 24 hours.

Users will need launch the app from the browser bookmark each time it is to be used.