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Reaching every student with Read&Write 

in line with CAST's UDL guidelines

Transforming teaching & learning through UDL

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can have a transformational effect within any school, college or university.

Are you curious how Read&Write could help you incorporate the UDL framework in your teaching? Check out the handy toolmatcher guide below to discover how different features of Read&Write align to CAST's UDL guidelines.

Multiple means of Engagement (Affective Networks) The WHY of learning

Self Regulation

  • ReadWrite Text to Speech Icon

    Text-to-speech

    Allows for reflection and the ability to listen to work for improvements. It also helps to reduce cognitive load when reading text as well as enabling additional focus on comprehension. Students can also listen to questions to help with more accurate understanding and develop better question/answer and assessment preparation skills.

  • Headset and microphone icon

    Speak as I type

    Enables students to self check words and sentences as they are typed.

  • ReadWrite Text to Speech Icon

    Dual highlighting

    Supports students' reading by associating a highlighted word with the audio as it's being read aloud.

  • Screenmasking Read&Write Icon

    Screen mask

    Enables students to concentrate on one area of text at a time, and increases focus and understanding when used as a reading guide.

  • Dictionary icon

    Dictionary

    Allows students to access in-learning help as it's needed with definitions plus audio playback - all in context.

  • Read&Write Check It Icon

    Check it

    Helps students find grammar, spelling and homophone errors, and provides help and corrections when students are on task.

  • Read&Write Voice Notes Icon

    Voice note

    Allows students to self-reflect and provide audio feedback on their own work, in their own time and in a way they best understand.

Recruiting Interest

    • Read&Write Toolbar icon

      Toolbar

      Provides students with access to a wide range of tools that can be tailored to their individual needs. Support is provided as, when, where and how it's needed - in the heart of learning.

    • Vocabulary builder icon

      Vocabulary builder

      Serves as a scaffold; to create pre-lesson reading, with the 'notes' section used to create connections to other subjects and real world examples.

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      Text-to-speech

      Reduces cognitive load to allow students to focus on understanding the text in a way that suits their own learning style.

    • Read&Write Talk&Type Icon

      Talk and type

      Enables students to express and articulate their learning and understanding of topics.

    • Screenmasking Read&Write Icon

      Screen mask

      Adds an overlay on a students' screen to help increase focus and reduce distractions. It can also be used as a reading guide.

    • ReachDeck Toolbar Simplify Icon

      Simplify page

      Reduces distractions and clutter to help focus on the most important content.

Sustaining Effort & Persistence

    • ReachDeck Toolbar Simplify Icon

      Simplify page

      Students can self-determine the level/amount of reading material being displayed on webpages and then increase, as needed, for more content absorption.

    • Read&Write Voice Notes Icon

      Voice note

      Makes it easy for students to take part in peer assessment and allows educators to leave feedback in an alternative format to written text. Voice note also provides opportunities to self-reflect by recording observations and thoughts.

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      Text-to-speech

      Encourages 'proof listening' to review and reflect on written work - giving students another way to check and change errors.

Multiple means of Representation (Recognition Networks) The WHAT of learning

Language & Symbols

  • Vocabulary builder icon

    Vocabulary builder

    Helps students with vocabulary identification and provides them with the chance to explore, understand and build context around new words or terminology when used as a pre-lesson scaffold.

  • Read&Write Highlighter icon

    Highlighters

    Gives the ability to highlight nouns and adjectives and then use 'collect highlights' to create new resources and references to help guide and support students.

  • Read&Write Dictionaries Icons

    Dictionary

    Allows students instant access to definitions and picture references to help with new words and phrases.

  • ReadWrite Text to Speech Icon

    Text-to-speech

    Helps reduce cognitive load and provides greater focus on understanding when the student can hear content read aloud.

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    Dual highlighting

    Encourages students to follow what's being read aloud on screen, to further help with their understanding.

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    Translation, Dictionary, Text-to-speech

    Read&Write has multiple user interface localizations, allowing students to select help in their native language. Access to single world translation enables vocabulary development for new words. Students can also get help with translation, definitions and pronunciation via text-to-speech.

  • ReachDeck Toolbar Picture Dictionary Icon

    Picture dictionary

    Gives students the opportunity to choose pictures and symbols to help with visual understanding.

Perception

    • ReachDeck Toolbar Simplify Icon

      Simplify page

      Reduces distraction and clutter to help focus on the core content.

    • Read&Write Highlighter icon

      Highlighters

      Helps students to draw out key parts of text, create summaries and group content by area of interest, level of understanding or unit of work.

    • ReachDeck Toolbar Picture Dictionary Icon

      Picture dictionary

      Helps students to understand text context by inserting pictures and symbols to create visual referencing.

    • Read&Write Audio Maker Icon

      Audio maker

      Provides an alternative means of distributing information by making content available in audio format.

    • ReadWrite Text to Speech Icon

      Text-to-speech

      Enables students to listen to content, helping them to understand the text.

    • Read&Write Screenshot Reader icon

      Screenshot reader

      Allows students to hear text labels in diagrams and images.

Comprehension

    • Read&Write Highlighter icon

      Highlighters

      Helps to highlight key parts of text, create summaries or group content by areas of interest, level of understanding or unit of work.

    • Read&Write Voice Notes Icon

      Voice note

      Enables both students and educators to expand on key points and provide audio feedback with context.

    • ReadWrite Text to Speech Icon

      Text-to-speech

      Helps with comprehension and builds oral fluency when added to modelled work.

    • Screenmasking Read&Write Icon

      Screen mask

      Allows students to add an overlay to their screen, helping to reduce distractions and increase focus on understanding onscreen content.

Multiple means of Action & Expression (Strategic Networks) The HOW of learning

Executive function

  • Vocabulary builder icon

    Vocabulary builder

    Provides students with pre-lesson reading around specific terms and allows them to create connections to other subjects and real world examples in the notes section.

  • Read&Write Highlighter icon

    Highlighters

    Helpful for creating summaries or grouping content by area of interest or level of understanding. They're also great for helping to order revision notes and research tasks for planning writing.

  • Read&Write Audio Maker Icon

    Audio maker

    Creates the ability to provide resources in alternative formats. It's also useful for creating audio revision notes.

  • Read&Write Voice Notes Icon

    Voice note

    Provides a method for educator-led feedback on assignments while students are working and creates opportunities to provide assessment for learning. Adds self-reflection and opportunity for peer assessment.

  • ReadWrite Text to Speech Icon

    Text-to-speech

    Equips students with 'proof listening' abilities - providing tools and encouragement to listen back to their writing as they work towards a final draft.

  • Read&Write Practice Reading Aloud icon

    Practice reading aloud

    Creates opportunities for students to read aloud at various levels, to practice, reflect and improve on any content. Work can be fed to educators to allow monitoring of progression.

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    Speak as I type

    Allows students to self check words and sentences as they are typing and to correct based on voice feedback.

Comprehension

    • ReachDeck Toolbar Picture Dictionary Icon

      Picture dictionary

      Provides access to visual references through symbols and images to support text.

    • Read&Write Dictionary Icon

      Dictionary

      Helps to construct improved writing by building understanding of new vocabulary.

    • Read&Write Practice Reading Aloud icon

      Practice reading aloud

      Creates the opportunity for students to read aloud at various levels, to practice, reflect and improve on any content.

    • Read&Write Voice Notes Icon

      Voice note

      Provides a method for educator-led audio feedback on assignments while students are working and creates opportunities to provide assessment for learning.

Physical Action

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      Toolbar

      Provides a wide range of assistive tools to help all learners, giving support directly at the point of learning.

    • Read&Write Talk&Type Icon

      Talk and type

      Gives students the option to speak their words, rather than typing or handwriting.

    • Read&Write Word Prediction Icon

      Prediction

      Presents useful writing prompts of words in context - great for helping to kick off a writing assignment for even the most reluctant writers.

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