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Student reading aids [students]

Students have many reading aids available to them when they're reading. These can be activated by highlighting a portion of the text. When you select a portion of the text (a few words or a sentence) you'll see the below menu. When you select a single word, you have the additional option of "Define."

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Highlight and take note

More details on highlighting & taking notes are here.

I don't understand (flag for help)

Sometimes it may be helpful to send a private message to your teacher that you're not quite understanding a portion of the text. 

When you select the "I don't understand" option from the menu, your teacher can then see that you're confused!

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After you do this you'll be prompted to give your teacher some more details. This way, they can reply back to you to help!

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Once you leave them a flag and comment, your teacher will see a flag like this in their grading view:

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When they click on the flag, they'll be able to respond:

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Hear it (Text to Speech) 

To listen to a word or sentence aloud in the text, in questions or in shared notes;

STEP 1: Select a portion of the text, then pick "Hear it" from the menu that pops up.

STEP 2: A small black box will then appear in the bottom right corner of your screen. Make sure your volume is up! 

The text may take a second to load, then will immediately play aloud. After the first read is complete, you can adjust the speed at which the text is read as well as the voice of the reader. You can also reply the text as many times as you would like. 


Sometimes it may be helpful to translate a certain portion of the text, a question or a note to another language. Languages currently supported are Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Russian, Latin, Vietnamese, Somali, Filipino, Ukrainian, Hindi, Hebrew and Urdu. Let us know if you'd like us to see others added.

When a student selects the translate option, they'll see the translation in the right hand of the screen (with the option to pick another language.)

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When reading, students often come across new words. Having the ability to comprehend unfamiliar words is an essential skill that not only enhances the student's vocabulary but also improves their writing skills. 

 In Actively Learn, students can define any word instantly (in a text, in questions or in notes), so that they can get back to reading in a matter of seconds.

The Dictionary also includes images for some terms so that young learners can get added understanding through visuals. 

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