Jason Carroll, Global Products Manager

Read&Write is Still Free for Teachers

With over 4 million users, Read&Write for Google Chrome™ continues to be the top literacy support tool for Google Apps for Education users across the world. But did you know it’s completely free for teachers?

Read&Write for Google Chrome logo

Here’s how it works:

If you're a teacher, and don't already have Read&Write for Google Chrome installed, head to the Chrome Store and download it before registering for your free subscription. If you already have a trial or an expired trial, you're all set with this step.

Then just go to 
https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/free-for-teachers/ and register by filling out the Teacher Registration form with your name, email, school, administrator, and other details that confirm your eligibility. Note: Be sure the email you provide is the same as the one you used to install Read&Write for Google Chrome. And remember, this is only for teachers. Entering student information in the form could be against your school or district’s student privacy policy.

That’s it! Once confirmed, your trial of Read&Write for Google Chrome will automatically be converted into a premium subscription for one year.

New to Read&Write for Google Chrome?

Read&Write for Google Chrome is an extension that provides comprehensive reading and writing supports for Google Docs and the web as well as PDFs, ePubs, and KES files stored in Google Drive.

Some of the benefits Read&Write for Google Chrome offers include:
  • An easy to use toolbar that integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and the web
  • Text to speech for reading accessible and inaccessible content in Google Docs, PDFs, ePubs and on the web
  • Tools like talking and picture dictionaries and a translator to support struggling readers or English Language Learners
  • Writing tools like word prediction and voice dictation
  • Colored highlighters for researching and extracting information from documents and the web
  • Typewriter and post-it annotations for PDFs and ePubs in Google Drive
Individuals who download the free trial of Read&Write for Google Chrome from the Chrome store get access to all features free for 30 days. After the trial expires, text to speech and translation supports for Google Docs and the web remain free. Premium features are available with purchase of a subscription. However, teachers can now receive continued access to ALL premium features at no charge!

Have you tried your free teacher account of Read&Write for Google Chrome? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!



Angie Benavides 9/20/2020 9:35:59 PM
Is talk&type available to students after the free trial expires? What exactly is available after the trial expires?

Deena Kimmel 9/21/2020 12:47:37 PM
Hi Angie - Talk&Type is not available with the free version of Read&Write. The main tools that are available are Text to Speech, Read the Web/Hover Speech and single word Translation. Thanks!

Mallorie Hurlbert 9/7/2020 1:22:22 AM
Please think about offering this free for students. I work with students who primarily have a diagnosis of dyslexia/dysgraphia/dyscalculia and the read-aloud of text is irreplaceable. It seems unfair that as a teacher I get a free subscription when I really don't need the access, my students do. Please reconsider!

Deena Kimmel 9/8/2020 3:18:34 PM
Hi Mallorie - If your students just want to use the text-to-speech feature, that is a free feature. So, they can access it with a free subscription. If you want them to be able to access the full toolbar past the 30-days, we do have a pilot program so that you can explore for a couple more months. Here's the link to request a pilot: https://mautic.texthelp.com/na-edu-pilot-request-fy20q1. Thanks!

Jeni 8/17/2020 9:50:49 PM
I am a resource SPED teacher and I have many remote learners on my caseload who require read alouds. Would it be possible for them to get a trial subscription?
Thank you ,

Deena Kimmel 8/18/2020 12:30:55 PM
Hi Jeni - If your students just want to use the text-to-speech feature, that is a free feature. So, they can access it with a limited subscription. If you want them to be able to access the full toolbar past the 30-days, we do have a pilot program so that you can explore for a couple more months. Here's the link to request a pilot: https://mautic.texthelp.com/na-edu-pilot-request-fy20q1. Thanks!

Kelly 4/26/2020 2:52:40 AM
My son's school is using Google classroom. I have read and write app on his ipad now. How do I sync this with Google classroom for him to be able to use the features to understand what the teacher has written in Google Classroom (through text to speech). He has dyslexia and this would really help. Thanks in advance. Kelly

Deena Kimmel 4/27/2020 12:44:13 PM
Hi Kelly - To integrate with Google Classroom, you'll need the Read&Write Chrome Extension, which is included with your subscription. Here's the link to install: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?hl=en-US

Nicki Jacobs 1/20/2020 10:13:32 AM
I tried to download a trial version but it said my Microsoft Surface Pro was incompatible. Is this true?

Deena Kimmel 1/21/2020 7:10:01 PM
Hi Nicki - What version of the Surface Pro are you using? Versions 1 and 2 are not compatible. If you'd like to speak with someone from Tech Support, please contact support@texthelp.com. Thank you!

Nicki Jacobs 1/20/2020 9:59:14 AM
Hi, I am a relief teacher and also hold a 0.2 position. Do I qualify for a free version of Read Write?

Deena Kimmel 1/21/2020 1:28:59 PM
Hi Nicki - yes, as a relief teacher you can get a free for teachers subscription! Thanks for checking!

Valerie Fish 12/20/2019 5:51:21 PM
Hi, I am a speech language pathologist working full-time with students with dyslexia and other written language disorders. Might I qualify for a free subscription for Read&Write for Google?
Thank you!

Deena Kimmel 12/20/2019 6:09:50 PM
Hi Valerie. Thank you for checking! Yes, you definitely can get a Free for Teacher subscription! Enjoy!

Mary 6/10/2019 9:08:57 AM

Is it only for 1 year or can a teacher use it for free for longer?

Thank you!

Deena Kimmel 6/10/2019 1:20:47 PM
Hi Mary! Your free teacher account gets renewed each year. Thanks! - Deena

Katharine 6/1/2019 1:22:00 AM
Hello. I’m wondering if parents who are homeschooling qualify for the free teacher’s subscription? I could provide proof from our school board that I am homeschooling our child. If we would qualify, how do we go about registering? Thank you.

Deena Kimmel 6/3/2019 1:56:38 PM
Hi Katherine! Yes, parents who homeschool do qualify for the free teacher subscription. Please contact Alison at a.whitlock@texthelp.com, and she'll help you get set up. Thank you! - Deena

Cheryl Bezovie 3/21/2019 9:27:48 PM
I am writing a grad paper on implementing this type of technology in the classroom. One of the requirements of this paper is to write a brief history of this technology. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction to find this information. Thank you for your consideration.

Myles Dear 3/7/2019 3:05:10 PM
Can home-schooling families qualify for the free teacher subscription? If so, how?

Caren Lettofsky 2/27/2019 12:54:23 PM
One of our SpEd teachers is wanting to use Read & Write for her students. What is the cost per student?
Thank you

Deena Kimmel 2/27/2019 2:33:00 PM
Hi Caren! Here is some more pricing information for students: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/pricing/. If you'd like more information, please contact us via this form: https://www.texthelp.com//products/enquiries/. Thanks!

Josie 12/19/2018 3:54:05 AM
Hi, I'm wondering if the free subscription for teachers can be renewed after the first year. Or is it free for one year and then requires a paid subscription after that? Thanks!

Deena Kimmel 12/19/2018 7:13:08 PM
Hi Josie! Read&Write is free for teachers forever! Once you've signed up through the free for teachers form, you are all set. We will automatically renew your premium subscription every year. Thank you!

Kelly 9/19/2018 7:07:25 PM
Hello, I was wondering if Google Read and Write is still free for Canadian teachers? I am presenting to a group next week that do not currently have access and I want to make sure this is the case before I present.

What are the steps to have these teachers set up? How long does it take to activate the premium features before it works?


S Hanna 9/19/2018 7:53:55 PM
Hi Kelly,
Yes both Read&Write and EquatIO (our Math tool) are free for teachers. Any teacher can sign up using this link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/free-for-teachers/

It takes up to 24 hours for the Free for Teachers subscription to be activated but you still have access to all of the premium features during that time if you have installed Read&Write from the Chromestore. Just make sure that they are using the same email address as their Google ID so that the accounts match up. (more details on the webpage link above)

If you need anything else, please don't hestitate to contact us, Shauna

Shirley 10/11/2017 6:04:15 PM
This is a great program! Thank you for making it available to teachers for free. With my free version, I can help the one or two students that I will inevitably have in my 5th grade classroom that cannot read. Schools need to change the way they think about programs like this, and budget more money to pay for them. This is the future, and we are still acting like it's just another luxury that we cannot afford.

Nancy Smith 3/15/2017 5:29:37 PM
I agree with Karen. The software/extension/add-on is great. It's sad that students aren't offered the program for free. It's not their fault that they have disabilities that affect their education. Your program is the key, please consider paying it forward and sharing it with special education students for free. You hold the power to do something amazing for these kiddos.

Mel 7/21/2017 12:44:02 AM
I agree with Nancy. One of my students has really benefited from the predictive text feature but now neither my school nor the student's parents can now afford $350NZD to pay for this beyond the trial. Essentially, I have given this 10-year old child, who until now has hated writing, an amazing way to express himself and then had to take it away from him. I would gratefully welcome any ideas or solutions!

Laura Baxter 11/17/2016 6:05:13 PM
Our students can't access the text to speech after the 30 day trial expires. The extension blinks, and is greyed out, and no features are available. Please advise.

Deena Kimmel 11/17/2016 6:53:46 PM
Hi Laura,

I'm sorry to hear your students don't have access to text to speech. Please email our Tech Support team at support@texthelp.com with your issue, and they will look into it for you.


Allison Elkow 11/17/2016 5:24:34 PM
I have access to the free version for teachers and some of my students have the premium version too. In the past, we could have students trial their own version for 30 days free. Past 30 days, they would have access to a freemium version that would allow them to have access to them to have access to text-to-speech and other limited tools. Does this still exist? Or is the freemium version no longer available? Thank you.

Deena Kimmel 11/17/2016 6:57:39 PM
Hi Allison,

Yes, students can still get a free version that includes access to text to speech after their 30-day trial ends.


I am the executive Director of the Literacy Council in Niagara West, the rural area of Niagara. We are working with local schools, children and adults who have reading difficulties 11/8/2016 5:24:09 PM
I am the Executive Director of the Literacy Council in Niagara West, the rural area of Niagara. We are working with local schools, children and adults who have reading difficulties and we have a number of Tutors who work one on one with clients. I would love to have access to this material if possible.

Deena Kimmel 11/8/2016 8:01:29 PM

Thank you for your interest in Read&Write for Google Chrome. You can definitely access our Free for Teachers solution. Simply follow the above directions to download the Chrome Store Extension and register as a Teacher. If you have any trouble, contact support at support@texthelp.com.


Deena Kimmel 11/8/2016 8:06:53 PM
Here is the link to the Chrome Store listing: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd.

And here is the link to register for Free for Teachers: rw.texthelp.com/drive/home/RegisterTeacher.

Karen Selwood 11/2/2016 1:55:35 PM
How is a free premium teacher version for Read & Write for Google Chrome helpful if you have to pay for your students to use the extension? That's who the program is really meant to help. I find this frustrating.

If I am missing something. please help me understand how a teacher can use this free extension with her students.

Deena Kimmel 11/3/2016 1:45:20 PM
Hi Karen,

Thanks for you comment. Read&Write for Google is free for teachers so that they can try all the features for an unlimited amount of time to make sure it's a good fit for students. We've found that 30-day demos aren't always enough time for busy teachers to effectively evaluate a program.

It also gives teachers that ability to do things like create vocabulary lists to share with students, make voice comments, and use premium tools when presenting to the class.

Students get to keep text to speech free forever, which is the most used tool we offer.

Hope this helps clarify.




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