Parents' Guide to


By Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Take a picture of text, have it read with Chrome add-on.

App Mac , Chromebook Free to try, Free Education
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This reading tool add-on has the potential to bridge a gap between having a physical piece of paper with text and using computer-accessibility features. The conversion process (from camera roll to PDF file) is relatively fast, and once kids learn the process, it can become very easy to use. Though individual users only get limited file conversions (organizations can purchase subscriptions, but individual users can't), kids can decide when they might most need text read to them. Though use isn't totally easy and smooth, it still makes documents that kids can't access via the Web more accessible, which is especially important when teachers don't provide electronic versions of handouts to kids who struggle with reading.

App Details

  • Devices: Mac , Chromebook
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading, reading comprehension
  • Skills: Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Free (Read&Write for Google required)
  • Release date: February 23, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Texthelp Ltd.
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Google Chrome
  • Last updated: June 16, 2021

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