Texthelp Systems (http://www.texthelp.com), a provider of literacy software solutions, has announced new suite of Assistive Technology Web Apps at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference being held June 27-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Texthelp Web Apps provide support tools that will work within multiple browsers (e.g. Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer) on mobile devices including the iPad, iPod touch, Android tablets, smart phones, as well as Macs and PCs. The first Apps in the suite will include: Read&Write Web, Bookshare Reader, Speech, and Dictionary.
The Read&Write Web toolbar opens within a browser and interacts with web content providing: text-to-speech to read HTML content aloud with dual color highlighting, Dictionary and Picture Dictionary to look up unfamiliar words, Translator to translate selected words into multiple languages, Study Skills to highlight and extract important pieces of information, and Fact Finder to research on the web. Users can also control the speed of the reading voice.
Bookshare Reader allows a user to log in to Bookshare, download or open a Bookshare eBook, read the book aloud with dual color highlighting, and access the same support tools found in Read&Write Web. Designed for smaller mobile devices such as phones,
Speech allows users to read aloud with color highlighting any typed or pasted text. Also, meant for smaller devices, Dictionary allows users to look up words and get both text definitions and images.