Educational Technology

Lawrence University offers students access to Read&Write, a text-to-speech software program that can assist in developing effective reading and writing skills. 

Do you learn better by listening? Do you often find yourself struggling with reading independently? Do you wish you could read more in less time? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may benefit from using the Read&Write software program.

Access to Read&Write is available through the Center for Academic Success (please contact accessibility@lawrence.edu for more information).

Read&Write enables students to read, write and express themselves more confidently. Students can download the software directly onto their personal computer and use the toolbar to hear emails or documents read out loud, access picture dictionaries, and create vocabulary lists. The built-in literacy features, such as word prediction, help English Language Learners, as well as people with dyslexia or other learning difficulties.

How does text-to-speech technology improve students' reading skills?

  •     Students read more, at a steady pace, with audio and visual presentation of material
  •     Substitution and decoding errors are removed as barriers to reading and learning
  •     Human-quality text-to-speech voices reduce reading fatigue
  •     Compensates for deficiencies with sight words and academic vocabulary