Common Sense Review
Updated February 2014

Scan and Read Pro

Easily scan, read, and study texts regardless of reading level
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Common Sense Rating 4
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  • Blank Word document with Scan and Read Pro Toolbar.
  • Example of dictionary and thesaurus pop-up box.
  • Scanning a document.
  • Creating an MP3 file.
  • Reading options.
Students learn how to independently scan, read, and study material that may not have been accessible before.
Teachers will need a significant amount of time to learn the tool in order to ensure students' success.
Bottom Line
This is a powerful tool to support students' independence in reading, studying, and test-taking at any level.
Adirondack AccessAbility Inc.
Common Sense Reviewer
Assistive Technology Consultants & Trainers
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

As kids find that they're able to access texts and process more information, they'll become increasingly enthusiastic about using the program.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Struggling readers and writers will feel empowered as they access texts using the program; with a bit of effort, they can reach new goals.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Help files are a combo of video and text that can be easily accessed at any point within the program. Five different languages are also supported.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

It's best to use the program as a way to build students' confidence and independence by supporting them in their own reading, writing, and studying. Teachers should help students customize the toolbars to suit their specific needs.

Use the tracking technology to highlight certain ideas or concepts, and export the selections to another document for your students' studying purposes. In preparation for whole-class instruction, you can also create MP3 or WAV files for whole classes to listen to. On an individual basis, you can set up a reflective activity where students scan their own tests, then use the software to read back their work. When introducing the program, it's probably best to use a favorite or familiar text to help students connect with the program's potential.

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What's It Like?

Scan and Read Pro is a downloadable text-to-speech tool that can support better comprehension for any student with reading challenges. Designed for students with reading difficulties, it can work well for those with accommodations in an Individualized Education Plan requiring staff to read to them, or extra support with test taking or comprehending printed text.

Any written text can be scanned into the program, read aloud, and visually customized through highlighting, zooming, or adjusting line spacing, words, or characters. As a study aid, users can convert and save any text as an MP3 or WAV audio file. Writing support is provided through the word prediction, dictionary, or thesaurus tools.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Scan and Read Pro is a helpful, easy-to-use software program right out of the box. It can simplify reading printed text and support better comprehension for any student with reading challenges. Any text can be easily imported, read, and highlighted as well as copied and pasted into another program. Although it's a very user-friendly tool, students may need some practice and time to explore the features before they're proficient. Nevertheless, it's easily learned and works very well.

Scanning is quick and easy, and the program works with any USB TWAIN-compatible scanner. The simple toolbar lets you scan and import text to MP3 files, and multiple languages are supported. It's great that students can control the audio options, with different voices for better comprehension and understanding -- the program's speech is smooth. The toolbar also has both words and pictures. It's a versatile tool to support students' independence and reading comprehension skills. Overall, using Scan and Read is an affordable way to give kids new confidence in their ability to access and process any text.

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