Getting started with Snap&Read

The Texthelp Academy contains everything you need to become an expert in using Snap&Read.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to best use the learning resources in Snap&Read Academy so that you and your colleagues can get to know Snap&Read. Read the whole guide, or just dip into the sections that are relevant to you.

But first, get up and running with Snap&Read

If you need some extra help to install Snap&Read, we've got you covered.

The Snap&Read installation page provides instructions on how to add the Snap&Read extension to your browser. 

Once you’re ready to get up and running, the Snap&Read Getting Started Guide contains instructions on creating accounts, giving students access, signing in as student and accessing student data. 

Introduce staff to Snap&Read

Now that you know how to install Snap&Read, it’s time to start introducing it across your school. Let’s start with staff.

Academy is a comprehensive resource for learning about all Snap&Read and how to use it in your classroom. Here's what we recommend sharing from it to introduce staff to Snap&Read:

  • Intro to Snap&Read features a short introductory video, making it the perfect place to start learning about how Snap&Read can work in the classroom. 
  • Watch specific Feature Tour videos in Academy for a closer look at how each feature works.  
  • How To Articles includes bite-sized articles and FAQs that show staff how to get the most out of Snap&Read. 

Best Practices

  1. Identify educators to become Snap&Read experts - select educators from different areas of the school, district, or campus to encourage widespread adoption
  2. Find early classroom adopters of Snap&Read to determine best practices/use-cases to share with colleagues
  3. Use internal message boards, or the school intranet to encourage educators to share their findings, ask questions, etc.

Rolling out Snap&Read across the school

Next, let’s go over some suggestions on how to roll out Snap&Read to both educators and students. 

For educators

  • Have your Snap&Read champions and early adopters train colleagues. The Train-the-Trainer materials have everything you need to help appoint these champions, and then equip them with the materials needed to train everyone in your school. 
  • Webinars are a great way to help staff learn more about Snap&Read
  • Create your own internal promotional pieces using our Promote Usage materials for guidance
  • Set up Lunch & Learn days to review specific features of the tool
  • Include training for new hires

For students

  • Encourage teachers to spend a few minutes in class introducing new features.
  • Identify students to become Snap&Read champions and set up peer mentoring
  • Include training during orientations
  • Use the school intranet/LMS to share resources and success stories for students and parents

Snap&Read Training Materials

New software can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry, we are here to help at each stage.

The Quick Reference contains an overview of Snap&Read's tools to help you get to grips with the features.

Across Academy, we also recommend using the Train-the-Trainer materials to help you appoint trainers or champions. These colleagues will be equipped with everything they need to help train everyone to use Snap&Read. 

If you want to learn more about a certain product, each one has its own dedicated learning platform in the Academy. We recommend starting with the Intro section for each product, where you’ll find a short introductory video.