• Digital Tools for Dyslexic Students

    Our Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 866 (82nd Texas Legislature) and it became law. This law contains a section stating that "The agency shall establish a committee to develop a plan for integrating technology into the classroom to help accommodate students with dyslexia." This page was built to support the tech plan brought forth by the committee. 

  • Audiobooks

    Voice recordings of the text of a book that you listen to rather than read.

    We have two audiobook options for students in Plano ISD (Learning Ally and Bookshare):

    Learning Ally icon

    Learning Ally is a multi-sensory reading accommodation that levels the playing field for students who struggle to read due to a learning difference. The benefits of Learning Ally include:

    • High-quality, human-read audiobooks
    • Track students' reading progress
    • Teacher focused tools and resources

    Watch this 5-minute video showing Learning Ally at work in the classroom

    Bookshare icon

    Bookshare is an ebook library that makes reading easier. Listen to books, follow along with karaoke-style highlighting, read in braille or large font, and customize your reading experience with ebooks in formats that work for each student. Click here for more details.

    Please contact Fern Johnson for more information about using audiobooks with your dyslexic learners.

  • Digital Annotation

    Allows students and teachers to label and mark up text, images, songs, websites, videos, and more.

    Jamboard - An online collaborative whiteboard that is integrated with Google Drive

    Kami - See the Kami Page on the Hotspot

    Loom - Screencasting extension with drawing tools

    Mote - Add voice notes (30s) to comments in Google Docs, Slides, Classroom, and more.

    ReadWorks - Reading comprehension support that includes annotation, assessments, and is integrated with Google Classroom

    Web Paint - Annotate web pages using this extension

    Talk and Comment - Create voice notes inside Google Docs, Classroom, and Forms

  • (Digital) Oral Administration of Tests

    Record your voice reading the test questions. Students will have the ability to play/rewind/repeat.

    Habla Cloud - Specifically designed and optimized for use with Google GSuite and Chromebooks.

    Mote (Easiest Solution) - Integrates within Google Forms to provide voice notes. (video instructions)

    Voice Recorder App - Record your voice and download as an mp3 file to use with Google Slides.

    Audio Recorder in Nearpod - Use the audio recorder in Nearpod to narrate your slides.

  • Dyslexia-Friendly Gaming Tools

    Nearpod - View the Nearpod page for more information


  • Dyslexia: A TEA Professional Learning Course

    Taken from the TEA website

    The purpose of this course is to empower educators to serve and advocate for students with or at risk for dyslexia. The course consists of four modules. In the first module, you will learn more about what dyslexia is and how it impacts student learning. In the second module, you will explore effective schoolwide practices for the identification and support of students with dyslexia. In the next module, you will learn more about how to support students with dyslexia in the classroom through systematic, explicit, and evidence-based instruction designed to meet the needs of students with dyslexia. In the last module - Taking Action - you will reflect on your learning, create a personal action plan, and review resources. A participant handbook is provided to guide participant learning. Participants will receive 6 CPE credits for completion of the course

    Registration Link

  • Make Scanned Documents/PDFs Accessible

    Scanned documents, textbook pages, or handouts can be hard to read with missing or blurry text and are not accessible to screen readers. 

    Use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) tools to convert images to text. Adobe Acrobat or Kami have this feature.

    Scan images with a phone rather than a printer/scanner for higher quality files.  

    To Scan Documents to PDF from iPhone:

    1. Open Notes app and click on the pencil at the bottom right to create a new note.  
    2. Click on the camera icon on the keyboard screen. 
    3. Select "Scan Documents" and position documents in the camera view. Take the picture and click "Save"
    4. Click on Scanned Documents, rename file.
    5. Share your PDF to your Google Drive or send via email. 

    To Scan Documents to PDF from Android:

    1. Open Google Drive app on your phone.
    2. Click on the scan icon at the bottom right.
    3. Take the picture and click Save.
    4. On the next screen, name your image and select the location. Click save. 
    5. Your documents are now searchable PDFs.

  • Speech to Text

    The process of converting speech input into digital text, based on speech recognition.

    Google Voice Typing

    Written Instructions

    Open any Google Doc in the Chrome Web Browser and select Tools > Voice Typing. Watch the video below for instructions on how to use this tool.

    Fluency Tutor

    Fluency Tutor (Chrome extension)

    Students can install the extension so they can choose which content they want to read and read independently
    of the teacher.


    Voice to Text Notebook (Chrome extension)

    Voice recognition app that allows the user to dictate the text of a document, then copy and paste the text to
    another application as needed

    Speech to Text (voice recognition)

    Speech to Text (voice recognition)

    Speech to Text (Voice Recognition) is an extension that helps you convert your speech to text and it can recognize a wide variety of languages and related dialects. 

    iPad App

    Prismo Go app

    Voice Actions for Chrome

    Voice Actions for Chrome (beta)

    Control your browser just by talking to it.
    Voice Actions for Chrome lets you control your Chrome browser with your voice.

    Voice In Voice Typing

    Voice In Voice Typing (Chrome extension)

    Use your voice to type across many different websites
    Voice In enables voice typing --- it makes it easy to type in the browser using voice-to-text.
    Whether it is writing emails in Gmail, answering assignments in Classroom, or replying to chats, Voice In Voice-To-Text capability lets you do them all using your voice.

  • Text to Speech

    A form of speech synthesis that converts text into spoken voice.

    Fluency Tutor - Educators can choose from existing reading passages or create your own. Ability to assign passages to students for them to read and record. Extra help such as text-to-speech, picture dictionaries, and translating tools. 

    Immersive Reader - Integrated into the Microsoft Office suite as well as programs such as Flipgrid, Nearpod, Wakelet, and more!

    Use Immersive Reader on Websites Extension - Works best with webpages. Also includes a picture dictionary.

    Microsoft Lens - Use Microsoft Lens and Immersive Reader with VoiceOver, the built-in iOS screen reader, to access and read scanned texts more easily, decode complex texts, and focus on the text in your documents. You'll also learn how to highlight syllables and parts of speech, use a picture dictionary, and translate content. 

    Natural Reader - Upload text and documents (including PDFs) and listen.

    Read Aloud - Best with webpages

    Read & Write - Works best with Google Docs

    Screenshot Reader - Works best with PDFs

    Select and Speak - Works best with webpages

    Speak It - Works best with Chrome webpages. Can read over 50 languages.

    Textbook TTS supports - Most online textbooks have text to speech tools already embedded in their program.

  • Website Decluttering Tools

    The following extensions remove ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a beautiful reading view on any site.

    Clear Read 

    Just Read

    Postlight Reader (formerly Mercury Reader)

    Fluency Tutor

  • Additional Resources

    Assistive Technology for Writing by Understood.org

Dyslexia Tech Tools Playlist

  • This curated playlist contains step-by-step directions on how to use digital tools more effectively with your dyslexic learners. New videos will be added as needed. Please email fern.johnson@pisd.edu for future video requests.