Accommodations & Student Supports

LMS Student Learning Tools

Target Audience: All

Learning tools are built into the LMS and are visible to all students when viewing content. If viewing the content within the buzz LMS these tools are on by default. If viewing content from within your school’s Canvas or Schoology LMS make sure your IT team has enabled the SpeechStream option. Note third-party pop-up blockers for your LMS must be disabled to view the toolbar.

What does it look like:

Learning Toolbar

Tool Controls (1)  and (8)  

  • (1)   The double arrow allows users when grabbed to move the toolbar to other locations on the page.
  • (8)  The chevron icon located on the far right of the toolbar allows users to collapse the toolbar and later reopen it as desired. The image below shows the toolbar collapsed.
    collapsed toolbar

Text-to-Speech (2)

There are four icons that are used to start pause and stop text to speech options.

  • The finger allows users to start the text to speech anywhere on the page.
  • The play icon starts the text to speech at the top of the page or highlighted section.
    Sample text to speech functionality

Translate Tool (3)

The A icon allows users to highlight a passage and select this icon to translate into over 80 languages. By default, if settings are not adjusted the translation is to Spanish. To change the language text is translated to review the Tool Settings (7) below.
Translate tool
Selecting the play arrow on the pop-up window reads the translation in that language when available.

Dictionary Tool (4)

There are two dictionary options available. Users highlight a single word and select the book or image icon to view either the possible written definitions and parts of speech or a pictorial representation of the word.
Dictionary tools

Masking Tool (5)

The masking tool when selected helps users focus their attention while reading the text on the screen.
masking tool

Magnify Tool (6)

The magnify option when selected both enlarges and reads the text on the page out loud. The user just clicks where they would like to begin.
Enlarge tool

Tool Settings (7)

The gear icon is where users can change settings such as the language to translate to as well as highlight colors and text to speech speed. When selecting a language a speaker icon indicates can both see and listen to the translation.
Learning Tools Settings

Additional Related Supports:

Additional Accessibility Options

Tags: ESL, accommodations, translate, text to speech, special education, text, read aloud

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