The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 5 Reading

Bookshare Web Reader Honorable Mention 
This reads Bookshare books with your Chrome browser.

Learning Ally Link Honorable Mention 
You can read books from Learning Ally with your Chrome browser.

Snap&Read Universal Honorable Mention
This app simplifies the webpage that you are reading, has optical character recognition, and reads to you. This is a popular accessibility extension. 

Newsela Honorable Mention

Newsela allows you to adjust the reading level to the student. You can have several students read the same article on different reading levels.

Library Extension

This extension helps you access your local library as you visit different websites. This is a good way to save money for teachers and students that are looking for a number of books.

BeeLine Reader

This puts a color gradient over what you read to make reading easier. The idea is different, but the good ratings are real. 


OpenDyslexic Font for Chrome

This extension makes the webpage more readable by changing the fonts on the webpage that are easier on the eyes.


This extension simplifies webpages to take away distractions.

Mercury Reader

This extension gets rid of ads and distractions when you are trying to read online.

MagicScroll Web Reader

Booktrack Classroom

This is an interesting app. It plays a soundtrack to an eBook. It gets good ratings.

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