Read and Write Software
Marion Technical College recognizes the importance for all students (and Faculty/Staff) to access their course and work materials. One tool that MTC offers for all members of the campus (students, faculty, and staff) is Read & Write.
Read&Write software lets everyone read, write and express themselves more confidently. The easy-to-use toolbar makes documents, files and web pages more accessible. And its friendly literacy features help English Language Learners, as well as people who ‘read’ better by hearing the text aloud or who may have a learning disability. It can read aloud your open access textbooks and documents posted by your faculty.
This tool is available for free to our registered students and all the MTC faculty and students. It can be loaded on Android, iOS, Mac, PC, and Chrome devices. Included in the toolbar are tools to help read PDFs aloud, highlight text materials, a dictionary that will read the definition aloud, word prediction to assist with writing papers, reading Word and Email documents aloud, even a tool to scan a print or electronic document that is not accessible and to create an accessible version of it that the computer will read out loud.
Below are the steps to download the tool and how to log in. The tool you download will be a trial version that converts to the full version once you log in using your MTC log in credentials.
Here are the informational support guides for students/faculty/staff to help you use Read & Write:
- Read&Write for Mac Quick Reference Guide
- Read&Write for Mac Training Guide – North America
- Read&Write for Mac Quick Start Guide
- Read&Write for Mac – Fundamentals Course
- Download a trial of R&W from the Read & Write website. Either click on the previous link or use your web browser to access https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/
- You will need to click on “Choose your platform” button at the bottom of the “Improve
reading and writing confidence” paragraph on the Read & Write website.
- Select the Operating System (Windows if you are on a non-MAC laptop/computer; MacOS for Apple; Chrome for Chromebook; Android for mobile devices) and allow an install.
Select the platform for US (the others are for other countries). A toolbar will install on your computer. If you don’t see it on your desktop, search for TextHelp and/or Read&Write in your search bar for your computer. Once the tool bar is installed, you can select open automatically each time you start computer, or you can select to open the Read&Write toolbar each time you want to use it. (Shown is the Windows platform, if you are using Mac or Chrome, you will select those for US)
5. You will need to sign in to Read&Write to access the full features. To sign in to Read&Write:-
A. Click the person icon in the top right corner of your Read&Write.
B. Click on the Sign in with Microsoft button (middle button). You will need to log in with the Microsoft as this will connect your tool to the MTC License and grant you the full version of the tool.
C. Enter your MTC Log In Credentials in the Microsoft login button and click on the Sign in button (use the MTC username and password you use to access MTC email)
D. Click on the Yes button to accept the permissions.
You will receive a message that you have successfully signed in
Select your locale when prompted, and click Continue to start using Read&Write
NOTE: There are YouTube Help videos you can view to see how to use each of the multiple reading and writing tools that are available to you. You can also access the Help videos from the Read&Write toolbar and click on the circle at the top right, to the left of the person icon.
Select “Video Tours” from the drop-down options.
If you have any questions, contact Jenifer Montag by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).