Texthelp, leading developers of literacy support software, will showcase its latest version of Read&Write Gold text-to-speech software on stand SN100 at BETT 2014. Read&Write 11 Gold includes new features and enhancements which support students with their reading and writing skills on the PC. Available to download directly from the website www.texthelp.com/UK/downloads, the software can make a big difference to the confidence and independence of the 10 per cent of students with dyslexia in the UK, as well as those with English as a second language. Read&Write Gold is now being used as a computer reader solution by a number of secondary schools in England for GCSE and A-level examinations.
Read&Write Gold is designed to improve reading, writing, studying and research on the PC. The software’s discreet and easy-to-use toolbar works alongside familiar applications such as Word, Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader and also offers support in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.
One of the new features within Read&Write Gold is Voice Note, which allows students to create and embed recorded voice notes within a Word document and can be used by teachers and students to insert instructions or create audio responses.
The new Word Cloud feature provides 150 subject-specific word banks (a list of words on a particular topic or theme) which can be presented visually, as a list or in a word ‘cloud’ format. This is great for students’ creative writing and provides vocabulary support and help when completing assignments.
New expressive male and female voices have been added to the existing wide range of voices as well as an enhanced Spell Checker that produces more accurate suggestions using collocated words (words that may be grammatically correct when put together but are considered incorrect by English speakers).
Other enhancements include the ability to access the powerful reading, writing and research features of the Read&Write toolbar directly on Chrome and Firefox browsers which is ideal for students researching and working online.
Mark McCusker, CEO of Texthelp said, “Texthelp has been developing assistive technology software for students with learning difficulties since 1996 and its aim has always been to provide inclusive education with the most comprehensive, cutting-edge technology available. Today, over half a million students in the UK use Read&Write Gold and we are proud of the positive difference we are making to school life.”
For information on Read&Write Gold, please contact Texthelp on T: +44 (0)28 9442 8105, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.