Scan and Read Pro

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Solid text-to-speech tool supports struggling readers.

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Kids can learn how to independently read and write, even with significant reading and writing difficulties. They can customize tool bars to help them read printed text, explore the web, and capturing info to copy and paste to other applications. They can follow along with text as it’s highlighted, and choose the spacing and visual output that’s best for them as well. It’s also possible to turn written text into MP3 or WAV files to listen to, which can help with studying on the go. Scan and Read Pro is a solid, reasonably priced software solution for anyone with reading difficulties.
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scan and Read Pro is a downloadable text-to-speech tool. It can simplify reading printed text and support better comprehension for any kid with reading challenges. The tool bar is easy to use, you can scan and import text to MP3 files, and multiple languages are supported. It also allows kids who need to study written material to get the information they need without having to worry about reading level. Any text can be easily imported, read, and highlighted as well as copied and pasted to another program. This is an affordable, versatile tool that supports independence for kids with reading difficulties.

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What's it about?

SCAN AND READ PRO is a text-to-speech tool that allows scanned documents as well as on-screen text to be read aloud. Kids who have reading difficulties will be able to scan a text document (in color or black and white) onto their computer, then choose how they'd like to see and hear it. They can use tracking technology to highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs using customizable colors, or they can simply adjust the spacing for lines, words, or characters for easier reading. In addition, zoom capability is possible up to 400 percent, which could be helpful to those with low vision. It also includes a talking spelling checker, a dictionary, a thesaurus, word-prediction support for writing, and the option to create MP3 or WAV files to listen to and study for later. There's also a help button that contains videos and text.

Is it any good?

Scan and Read Pro is a helpful, easy-to-use software program right out of the box. Its user-friendly toolbar contains both words and pictures, and kids can use its tools to help with reading comprehension. Scanning is easy and quick and works with any USB TWAIN-compatible scanner. The control you have over reading out loud or adjusting print to read independently also is excellent. You can select different voices for better understanding and customization, and speech is smooth. This program can give kids new confidence in their ability to access and process text from sources that may have been a challenge in the past.

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  • Find a favorite book and use it as the first example when you're learning to use the program along with your child.
  • Help your kids customize the toolbars to best work with their specific needs.

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: phonics, reading, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, logic, prediction, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, effort, identifying strengths and weaknesses, work to achieve goals
  • Genre: Educational

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