Once students installed the extension, they were able to explore some of the features. At this time, it was recommended for students to experiment with the “prediction”, highlighting, and playback features. I am excited to see how the playback feature helped students catch run-on sentences and misspelled words within their papers. I know the prediction feature was a helpful accommodation for those who struggle with spelling.
I look forward to exploring this app more in future projects!
Our Chromebooks were a new endeavor that began the middle of January. It couldn’t have been better timing let me tell you! You see, the middle of January is also when we were sending our fourth graders in the scary world of research. I have never really fallen in love with research. To mean, research means I spend my day running around checking in with each student to make sure they are understanding a text that is most likely above their reading level. Chromebooks and research. A match made in technology heaven. You may be wondering, how would a chromebook help with research besides give them a one to one device. Since we already have iPads having the ability to easily put websites into the hands of our students wasn’t a real benefit. The benefit in the Chromebooks came from the extension Read Write.
My students used Read Write from the onset of their research. The benefits? All students were able to access all resources that pertained to their topic. Students highlighted important information making it easier to record their notes later. Students were able to define words they didn’t know. Simplicity of use. Once students began typing, word predict helped students branched out to try words they may have otherwise not tired. Students who struggle to spell can spend more time focusing on their ideas and less on spelling a word, thanks to word predict again. Students listened to their writing to catch grammatical and typing errors. The negatives? Students loved the ‘read it to me’ feature and used it even if they didn’t need that additional support. I got a lot less steps because I didn’t need to chase all around the room.
In case you haven’t tried it yet, see Jenny’s slideshow about how to install Read Write. Once installed, simply play with the toolbar. The icons are pretty self explanatory.
How have your students become better problem solvers, thinkers, learners through Read Write?