This is a quick tutorial to help parents set up Chrome for a child with Dyslexia, or other reading/writing struggles.
1. You will need to input an email address to create a Google account for Chrome. If you already have an Android device (phone, or tablet) you have an account. It can be any email address, it doesn't have to be a gmail account.
2. Once you have an account, you can start to add apps and extensions to Chrome. Click on the App Drawer to get to the Chrome Web Store.
3. Click on the Chrome Web Store. Here you can search and download apps and extensions.
4. When you want to select an app or extension, simply click on the "add" or "free" button.
5. Apps will appear when you click on the App Drawer.
Extensions either run in the background (usually a right click option), or launch from a small icon near the address bar.
Some apps and extensions I would suggest are:
OpenDyslexic app http://goo.gl/98SXHt
This changes all web pages to the OpenDyslexic font which is easier to read. It works on most web pages, but not all. Once added, it is always on.
Announcify extension http://goo.gl/BRXIT4
Reads web pages outloud and highlights the paragraph being read.
Dictanote app http://goo.gl/5nn5xd
This app does speech to text, spoken words into a text document that can be copied and pasted into an email, or saved in Word/Pages ect.
Image Dictionary extension http://goo.gl/1UJHfd
This is an extension that works off off the right click menu. Highlight a word, and right click it and it will bring up a picture from Wikipedia of that word. Helps with comprehension.
Chrome Speak extension http://goo.gl/3NgBZ
This is effective when the student is reading most of the web page, but some words are difficult. Highlight and right click the word, and it will be read to them.