Last Updated May 11, 2023
What is Read&Write for Google (RWG)?
Read&Write Google is a product developed by texthelp. https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/
It has many tools. Prediction is one of them. Hyde Park Day School uses the RWG Chrome extension.
On a Google doc
On the Internet
On a PDF
To open a PDF using TextHelp’s Read&Write for Google Chrome extension, add TextHelp PDF Reader called OrbitNote to Chrome at this link - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/texthelp-pdf-reader/feepmdlmhplaojabeoecaobfmibooaid?hl=en-GB
Opening a PDF in the Chrome browser
The Typewriter Annotations icon looks like this:
What is word prediction?
Word prediction is software that “predicts” what word a user might type next. It uses an algorithm which analyzes language structures such as spelling, syntax, and frequency of use. Syntax is the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language (grammar and word meanings).
There are different kinds of word predictions tools. You may have noticed this feature when texting on your phone. Co:Writer Universal Extension for Chrome is another word prediction tool that is grammar smart and inventive spelling aware. Speech recognition allows a student to speak a word and have the tool write it. More detailed information about the backend processes can be found here: https://learningtools.donjohnston.com/2019/05/word-prediction-whats-good-enough/
How do I use Predictions?
How does this help students?
Word prediction software prompts students who struggle with writing to use correct spelling, grammar, and word choices, with fewer keystrokes. When students struggle with spelling or grammar, their writing might not reflect their actual academic knowledge due to the challenges they experience just to produce writing. Use of a word prediction tool helps students demonstrate their actual academic ability by reducing obstacles.
How much does it cost (after transition)?
Read&Write for Google Chrome extension is a product. The cost for HPDS students is rolled into the tuition fee. It requires that we use our domain under our Google Apps for Education account (which is free). Our domain is hydeparkday.org. When a student transitions, there are other options if the district does not have a site license.
Here is the pricing information to know when a student transitions:
For schools with a Google Apps for Education account:
1. Individual student license: $145 per student per year. This is for schools who are only looking for a handful of licenses. Let's say you wanted to provide Read&Write to five students the cost would be 5 x $145 = $725.
2. Group license: (A group license is any subset of your total student enrollment. For example, all students with an IEP or all 7th grade students, etc.) Please contact TextHelp for group pricing here - https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/support/license-enquiry/
3. District license: This license is a true Universal Design for Learning (UDL) solution and is based on total student enrollment in the district. Please contact TextHelp for group pricing here - https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/support/license-enquiry/
For schools without a Google Apps for Education account
A single license cost is $145 per person per year.
This license supports multiple devices and operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Google Chrome, Office 365, iPad, and Android. You have the option of getting them all at no additional cost. This gives our customers more flexibility to use the literacy support they need, wherever and whenever they need it.
Parents can order a subscription based license directly from our website using a credit card at https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/pricing/?_ga=2.221592223.689316547.1590674934-430711839.1564875962
Does it work on other devices?
Yes, it does! It works on Windows and Mac computers, iPads and Android tablets, and comes as an extension in the Chrome browser.
What do I need to know when a student transitions?
What else is good to know?
Where can I find more information?
Read&Write for Google - https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/sectors/education/
Understood.org - https://www.understood.org/en
Learning Technologies Lab - http://www.learningtechnologiesab.com/
*Please note that technology and pricing is always changing. This document reflects the most recent known information as indicated by the Last Updated Date at the top of the page.