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Review: Snap and Read

Snap and Read is a browser based tool that has many useful features for the visually impaired, notably CVI, but it is not accessible for blind students.

It seems that many teachers and educational administrators’ daily lives now consist of a substantial amount of time researching and testing technological remedies for the forced online dilemma we are now faced with. The amount of information and options available can be overwhelming, but the Paths to Technology blogs can be quite helpful for TVI’s in separating the chaff from the wheat. I consult PTT often and recommend it to all my TVI colleagues. Thank you, Diane Brauner. 

While researching text to speech options, I encountered Snap&Read, recommended to me by another educator. Snap&Read is a reading tool that reads both accessible and inaccessible text aloud, levels vocabulary, and translates, delivering usage data to teachers for assessing students’ reading needs individually. I will say here at the beginning of this review that I found it was NOT accessible in terms of use and navigability for the blind although it was suggested for my review by a TVI, so if blind navigability is a requirement for this otherwise possibly useful tool, it is not appropriate. 

However, Snap&Read does have some very useful features for students with other types of visual impairment and special cognitive needs, as I tested it I thought the applicability for CVI students was particularly notable:

Snap&Read works as a Google Chrome Extension for Chromebooks, Mac, and Windows desktops running the Google Chrome Browser, an iPad App (an added benefit is camera OCR with an iPad, allowing for taking a picture of text on a page and reading it aloud, and as a Microsoft Edge Extension on Windows machines. It also will work with PDFsthe Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader, and Bookshare. Online, one can browse any webpage, and use Snap&Read’s toolbar to “understand everything on the page” according to the developers.

It is free to try, $3.99 monthly for individual license. 





By George Thompson

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