Students have many reading aids available to them. These can be accessed 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."
Highlight and take note
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 "I don't understand" from the menu, your teacher can see you need further explanation
You'll be prompted to give your teacher some more details
Teachers will see a flag
When they click on the flag, they'll be able to respond:
Hear it (text-to-speech)
Text to speak is currently available in English, Spanish, French, and German.
FYI: Text published by HarperCollins will not have text-to-speech available.
STEP 1: Select a portion of the text, then click "Hear it"
STEP 2: Make sure your sound is turned on
You can adjust the speed at which the text is read and the voice of the reader. You can also replay the text.
There is also the option to highlight the words as they are spoken
Sometimes it may be helpful to translate a certain portion of the text, a question, or a note to another language. Let us know if you'd like us to add more languages.
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.)
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.
Students can define any word instantly (in text, questions, and notes)
The Dictionary also includes images for some terms.