Read & Write for PC

Award-winning software for all learners


Read & Write software, from Texthelp, has a long history as an award-winning software to support students with learning difficulties.

As of 2016, Texthelp offers access to read & write on a PC, Mac, iPad and on Google Chrome as part of an annual subscription. The software is free for the first month, and after that, there is an annual fee of $330 for a licence. School licences are significantly discounted.

This software is ideal for students using a PC or Mac, needing support with reading, writing and study tools.

The following tools are available in Read & Write for PC:

Course Syllabus

This practical course has specific activities to allow students to apply the tools of Read&Write to learn how they work and how to use them in a way that will boost independent learning.

Lesson 1: Introduction

In the first lesson learn the value of learning to touch-type and learn to use the Voice Capture capabilities of Audionote.

1. Reading Instructions- how to use text-to-speech

2. The importance of Touch Typing
3. Can you already type with all ten fingers?
4. Audionote for Touch Screens
5. Audionote for Non-touch Screens
6. Audionote Quiz

Lesson 2: Voice Capture and Text Prediction

Practice using Audionote for two tasks and learn to use text prediction in Read&Write

1. Audionote Practice
2. Text Prediction Introduction
3. Spell Checking your work
4. Spell Check and Sounds Like Quiz

Lesson 3: Spell checking and homophone checking

Learn more about spell checking and homophone checking as well as study tools in R&WG.

  1. Spell Checking Practice and Homophone Checking
  2. Using Text-to-Speech and Study Tools
  3. Text-to-speech quiz
  4. Writing from your facts
Lesson 4: Project work

Time for a project! Learn to use all the tools of R&WG to help you with all your school assignments.

  1. Project Research
  2. Print your highlighted notes from the last step so you have them in front of you.
  3. Recording with Audionote
  4. Text Prediction
  5. Run Spell Check on your writing.
  6. Run ‘Sounds Like’ check on your writing.
Lesson 5: Scanning and OCR

Learn to use the dictionary and vocabulary tools to improve your understanding of what you read. Learn how to use PDF aloud and OCR so that you can have a range of types of documents read to you.

  1. Dictionary and Vocabulary Tools
  2. Complete the Vocabulary summary for the words on the webpage that you need to learn.
  3. Picture Dictionary
  4. PDF Aloud
  5. PDF Aloud quiz
  6. OCR- scanning an image PDF
Lesson 6: Project: Using the Fact Folder

Create a project

  1. Fact Folder part 1
  2. Research your famous person from three different websites and save the facts in the Fact Folder.
  3. Creating a document of facts
  4. Collate your information in a Word Document and save.
  5. Highlight the important facts in your Fact Folder. Save the document
Lesson 7: Planning and organising your writing

Organising information & writing biography
One final step before writing your biography is to organise the facts so that your writing is easier and well organised.

1. Mind Mapping

2. Writing your biography
3. Perfect your writing!

4. Email your completed biography to ATapps

Lesson 8: Revision

Practice makes perfect- we need to do some revision to make sure you know exactly how to use the different tools.

  1. Revision: OCR document
  2. Creating a summary
  3. Check your highlighting: Click on the document below for your year level and make sure that your highlighting of the important information is similar.
  4. Revision: writing from facts
Lesson 9: More tools

Learn about the last few tools of RWG.

  1. Speechmaker exercise
  2. Speechmaker exercise
  3. Speechmaker Quiz
  4. Calculator
  5. Screen masking
  6. Voice Notes
Lesson 10: Customise your toolbar

The final lesson of the course- create your own toolbar and complete the quiz to show you have mastered all the tools.

  1. Create your own Toolbar
  2. Other tools
  3. Final Quiz

This course aims to teach students in Year 4 and above how to use the tools of Read&Write on a PC to support all learning.

The course costs approximately AU$70 and upon payment, users will have access to the course for 12 months.

Year 4+
Working on PC
Working on Android Laptop
Student needing Text-to-Speech
Student needing Text-Prediction
Student needing support for study skills

It is highly recommended that an adult sit with the child when he/she is doing the lessons to help the child keep focused, help clarify points as needed and acts as a coach giving encouragement and support.

Lessons vary in length from 15 to 40 minutes.

Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari are the best browsers to use to engage in the lessons.

It is best that you watch the lessons on a different device the student is working on to make it easier to pause and re-watch the tutorial whilst completing the tasks. This way working memory will not be overloaded.

When you purchase the course, you have twelve months access to the course material.

We would never want you to be unhappy with your purchase. If you are not satisfied that it meets your needs you can contact us within 14 days and you will receive a full refund.

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