Prizmo Go - Instant Text Capture

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Free text-recognition tool captures and reads print aloud.

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Educational Value

This tool provides access to content for kids who struggle with reading but are capable of comprehending difficult text.

Ease of Play

Simple and focused interface makes for easy use: scan text, click on highlighted words, press Play. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Prizmo Go - Instant Text Capture is an assistive tool designed to help kids access text in real time. While the tool does not provide reading instruction or content directly, it does allow kids to scan any piece of text and hear it read aloud instantly. The interface is simple and easy to use, there are multiple voice options that speak various languages, and text is highlighted as the voice reads it aloud. The OCR (optical character recognition) technology that translates an image to text is not perfect, and the voices are computerized, but for the price (free) it's a must-have for kids who are able to comprehend more easily than they are able to decode words. Prizmo Go - Instant Text Capture will read text in lots of languages including English, Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and more. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Kids use PRIZMO GO - INSTANT TEXT CAPTURE by taking a snapshot of a page of text, clicking on the blue highlighted text, and pressing Play to hear it read aloud. Users can adjust the volume, speed, and tone of the computerized voice, or use the settings gear to change the voice altogether. Once they've finished listening, kids can share or copy text into another tool to annotate it or use it in formal writing, if they desire. In addition to scanning real-life pages of text, kids can take a screenshot of text in a browser or other app and upload it to use the same features. In-app purchases let users buy more access and features.

Is it any good?

For a free tool that translates an image into text, it's incredible: It does one job, and it does it well. There are no extra, built-in features in Prizmo Go - Instant Text Capture (defining words, annotating text, etc.) beyond reading text aloud. The voice, though computerized, does well with phrasing and following punctuation guides within text. Additionally, it highlights text word-by-word as it reads, reinforcing fluency skills. 

Kids should use a close-up version of text when possible, as some of the lines aren't recognizable as text with a wider view. This tool might be difficult for younger users who are still learning to read or who struggle with auditory processing, as some of the words can get mixed up in translating from an image to text. Overall, however, it's an accessible app that can help kids who struggle with printed material.

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  • Families can talk about how people use technology to help them be their best selves in everyday life. Some people use a mobile device to capture images of things they don't want to forget, while others use their digital calendar to keep up with important dates. Apps like Prizmo Go - Instant Text Capture can help others hear content that's important to know.

  • Families can also talk about how learning to read is a lifelong lesson. Ask kids how they feel about their reading ability, and share with them what parts of reading are difficult for you. Remember to highlight that we are all still learning and should take pride in growing our brains!

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