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Personalizing the Reading Experience

Learners have many options for customizing the reading experience to suit their individual needs. As an educator it is important to ensure there is a good match between the features included in a reading tool and the needs of each learner. This determination requires careful observation and the collection of information over some time in order to make an informed decision that leads to the best outcomes for the learner.

The good news is that many of the features that previously required the purchase and installation of specialized software are now often included as standard options on the devices many learners already own. This makes the process of finding a good feature match for a learner that much easier (and less costly)..

In this section, we have organized the features for customizing the reading experience  into two broad categories:

  • Display options that allow learners to adjust the content within the same media in order to make the information easier to see and process. These options include text resizing, font selection, and spacing adjustments.
  • Text to speech to transform the information into a different medium (audio) in order to support challenges with decoding or allow the information to be consumed on the go without the need to look at a screen.

Note: The mention of a particular product  in this section does not represent endorsement by the AEM Center. Information about products is only provided as a starting point for your own research into reading tools and their features. To view the most up to date information on any individual tool, make sure to follow the link to the developer’s website.

 

Audio

Digital form or representation of a sound which may be used for non-visual access to text and images.

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Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Print- and technology-based educational materials designed to be usable across the widest range of individual variability.

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