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Texthelp PDF Reader

Last Updated May 18, 2021

What is Texthelp PDF Reader?

Texthelp PDF Reader is a tool developed by Texthelp - https://www.texthelp.com/products/pdf-reader/.  The PDF Reader allows educators to create, view and edit PDFs.

How does it help students?

At HPDS, our assistive technology is accessible online. Many teachers assign classwork and homework via Google Classroom. One of the formats for a worksheet is PDF. When a student opens the PDF worksheet with TextHelp PDF Reader (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/texthelp-pdf-reader/feepmdlmhplaojabeoecaobfmibooaid?hl=en-GB), the student can use the assistive technology s/he needs. There is a click-to-speak feature that allows students to highlight words, sentences or paragraphs from a PDF and a text-to-speech feature will read it to them. There is also a Typewriter Annotations Tool that allows students to type onto the worksheet or even use Voice Typing.

A PDF is a digital worksheet. When students have access to information in a digital format, they can use their assistive technology tools, like text-to-speech, voice typing or keyboarding.

Here are a few examples:

How do I use Texthelp PDF Reader?

First, the Chrome extension for Texthelp’s Read&Write for Google Chrome and Texthelp PDF Reader need to be installed - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?hl=en-US and https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/texthelp-pdf-reader/feepmdlmhplaojabeoecaobfmibooaid?hl=en-GB

When students open a PDF online, there is an option to open with Texthelp’s PDF Reader.

And the PDF Reader toolbar will pop up.

Then, students can open PDFs in Google Drive, the web, or your local device, then use Texthelp’s PDF Reader to:

Texthelp PDF Reader can also be set as a default in the setting on Google Chrome.

What are the steps to converting a paper worksheet into a PDF?

There are a number of methods and programs that easily convert a paper worksheet to a PDF.. Here is a list of some ways to do this. Most of the time, a student will need an adult to help them, but some older students may also be able to do this independently.

What else is good to know about working with PDFs?

How much does it cost (after transition)?

Texthelp PDF Reader is a texthelp.PNGproduct. 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:

Please contact TextHelp for pricing here - https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/support/license-enquiry/

Parents can order a subscription based license directly from our website using a credit card at http://pay.texthelp.com/

What do I need to know when my student transitions?

  1. Find out the devices a student will be using.
  2. Determine which programs will be used to annotate on the PDFs based on the assistive technology your students needs and uses.
  3. Determine how worksheets will be converted to PDFs and who will be responsible for this. Be sensitive to time and audience.

When would a student use this?

A student would need a PDF when s/he is expected to complete worksheets that require reading or providing short answers. Graphic organizers or concepts maps may be appropriate to convert to a PDF depending on how much text is required within the provided space. Worksheets with higher vocabulary might also be a good fit. Working with a PDF covers all subjects, including math. It really depends on what the student needs, not what is convenient.

Where can I find more information?

How Does Optical Character Recognition Help Kids With Reading Issues?

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/assistive-technology/assistive-technologies-basics/how-does-optical-character-recognition-help-kids-with-reading-issues

Texthelp Support Page - https://support.texthelp.com/help/texthelp-pdf-reader

*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.