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What is the difference between the CloseReader and the toolbar?

The toolbar refers to the tools that appear to the left of the content. These tools include highlighting and read-aloud, as well as a number of specialized tools for particular subjects and courses (ex: various calculators in Math courses, the periodic table in Chemistry courses, or a timeline in Psychology courses). As we move forward, the toolbar will also include any other tools we develop for specific courses. Students can access these tools any time they are in a course, and they are not specific to reading. Note that there is also a translation tool, which appears at the top of the screen next to the student’s name.

On the other hand, the CloseReader refers to the environment in which students read extended texts. When students are reading in the CloseReader environment, their text-mark-up and language support tools are available at the top. But, the CloseReader also includes features such as contextual definitions for key vocabulary, text-based teacher’s notes, audio commentary, and embedded comprehension questions. The CloseReader makes use of some of the tools that reside within the toolbar, and also includes additional supports specific to reading.

There are also a number of tools in the lesson support pane, which appears in a pull-out menu on the right of the content player (or in top tabs if students are on a tablet or small screen). These include the eNotes digital notebook, the glossary and word look-up tools, and video transcripts.

Educators can manage the student tools that provide students additional resources. These features are beneficial for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students on Individualized Education Plans or 504 plans.

It is recommended that all students have the Text-to-Speech and the Student Orientation Video enabled, but only enable the text translation for students who need it.


Enabling Text Translation Disabling Text Translation Enabling Text-to-Speech
Disabling Text-to-Speech Not Requiring the Student Orientation Video Requiring Student Orientation Video
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