During their needs assessment, students struggling with reading speed or comprehension will have a chance to see the possible benefits of using text-to-speech software, such as ClaroRead, to support their reading difficulties.

This can work well (check out this meta-analysis for the evidence), removing the need to decode text and helping readers to follow and understand the material. However, while it helps with reading material that’s already on the computer, what if you are in the library and want to quickly get a page from a book read out, or in class when printed handouts are given out?

Well, the Claro software team have you covered with an app called Claro ScanPen (Android / IOS). This lets you use your phone to take a photo of printed text, then select what you want read with your finger, and hear it spoken straight back to you!

See demo below: