Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NEW! The Read Aloud Feature In Newsela Is Here!

One of our favorite sites, Newsela,  just got even better with a very exciting announcement they made this week.

As shared on their site,

At Newsela, we are committed to ensuring our content is accessible for all students.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that teachers and students alike can now listen to any Newsela article with a new Read Aloud feature.

Whether online or in the app, students can select the Read Aloud icon and follow along with highlighted text as each word is read. With audio versions available on both English and Spanish texts, our aim is to provide additional support for all learners with accessible features that continue to help differentiate and support your instruction.
In each Newsela article, you will see a little black button that says Read Aloud. When you click on it,  the article is read aloud with the words being highlighted as it is read. 
At the top of the page, there are two additional Read Aloud buttons that allow the reader to go back to the beginning and pause.
As readers choose their reading level, the Read Aloud feature adapts and reads that text too. 
In the Newsela Educator Center, you will find a super helpful article about the Read Aloud Feature here including...
...simple directions on How to use Read Aloud that will be helpful to share with teachers and others as they learn about this new feature.  

I am very thankful for this new feature as it will give all of our students accessibility to the amazing content in Newsela and will give us, as teachers, additional ways to differentiate and support our instruction. 

I can't wait to show my students....I know they will love it too! 

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