• Heidi Preece

Tips for a successful online experience

Heidi Preece


  • Set up a designated space for school

  • Establish a routine. Try to do schoolwork at the same time every day

  • Schedule breaks. Take time to move and stretch. Take time away from your screen.

  • When in doubt, ask for help. Start with the teacher. Send an email clearly explaining the problem you are having.

  • Seek out free resources. There are tons of great online resources, including tutorials, for just about anything you need. Start with your school-they might have a list of resources for you.

  • There are lots of great accessibility extensions for your web browser. An example is Mercury Reader. It can remove ads and simplify text to increase readability.

Don’t give up! You can do hard things!


Chrome extensions

  • Read Aloud This text-to-speech extension will read either the entire page or just the text that you have selected. In addition to the normal options to adjust the speed, pitch, and volume of the voice, the best feature is the wide collection of high-quality voices to choose from.

  • Read and Write Support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia, or ELL/ESL.

  • Readability Redux Simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you're reading.

  • Speak It Turns text to speech

  • Speech Pad Enter text by voice on any web site and in windows application

  • Noise Shield Unlimited streams of white noise soundtracks to increase focus

  • Move It Schedule brain breaks and exercise

  • Mercury Reader The Mercury Reader extension for Chrome removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site.

  • MagicScroll Web Reader Turn web pages into a flippable e-book with easy clickable or keyboard control, as well as control over font size and page color as well.