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GradesK to 12
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This simple but powerful tool allows you to view ANY web page as simple, clear text without all the flashing, moving, distracting elements that interrupt concentration and understanding....more
This simple but powerful tool allows you to view ANY web page as simple, clear text without all the flashing, moving, distracting elements that interrupt concentration and understanding. To use it, you install the "bookmarklet," a simple mini-program that runs inside Internet Explorer, Firefox, or other web browsing software on your computer. Before you install, click on your preferred text size option. "Installing" is then as simple as dragging the little readability button to the Links bar as you look at the web page. No links bar to which to drag? Go to the View menu and click to turn on your Links bar. Once you have the Readability button, go to ANY web page and click "Readability" to see the page magically change to simple text passages, ready for your interactive whiteboard, easier for your young readers, or enlarged for tired eyes. Note: Pages with content created in FLASH will not work in Readability, since FLASH text is actually an image to a computer. Test it first before planning to use it in class.
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In the ClassroomInstall Readability on any computer you use with interactive whiteboards so students can highlight key words from any web page and practice notetaking, main idea, summarizing or other comprehension skills to improve web literacy and overall reading skills. Use Readability as your project any advertising-laden site or to help attention-deficit students stay focused on the words. Special ed and ESL/ELL teachers will appreciate the ability to focus on the words without other distractions, allowing you to determine how much students are actually reading words vs. using images as context clues. Try turning Readability on and off to show students how they can use images to help in comprehension once they find some meaning from the words on a page. All readers would benefit from stopping to compare how they construct meaning from words and text. Advanced art and design students will enjoy examining the advertising techniques on a web page by stripping them away, then turning them back on.
This tool also provides a clean way to make printable versions of web page text, even adjusting text size to your preferred option. Please consider the trees before getting carried away though!