Top 5 Chrome Extensions for Student Accessibility

Every learner is unique and the challenge of being able to check understanding for all of your students can be amplified for an already overstretched teacher trying to accommodate the needs of all the class and learner variability. With lots of excellent digital tools out there, help is at hand.

Navigating the landscape and finding the right technology can be tricky. Below is a list of 5 Chrome Extensions that I’m using and know have had great success in classrooms across the world.

Helperbird provides personalized support to make web pages, PDFs and documents more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone in a way that suits unique abilities. Providing from targeted features for dyslexia to lifelike text to speech, it allows easy customization for different needs.

JustRead is a Chrome extension that provides a super clean reader view in Chrome. It does this brilliantly by removing distractions like ads, popups and comments from the screen.
The JustRead extension can be customized to suit your needs by adding or removing features.

At Mote, we’re proud to be able offer voice powered solutions for accessibility:
– Ease with which voice can be heard and understood.
– Instant voice to text transcription and translation into 30 languages (number rising all the time)
– Seamless integration throughout Google Workspace

SwiftRead is promoted as allowing its users to ‘Read two or three times faster, with SwiftRead. Absorb knowledge and learn faster.’

More than this, it allows for another way in which distractions can be removed by focusing only on one word at a time.

Texthelp’s Read&Write provides personalized support to make documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits their own abilities and learning styles.

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Mote Achievements ⭐️

No matter how you use Mote, there’s almost certainly a lot more that you could be doing with voice notes to increase your productivity, human connection and accessible communication.

And, to encourage you on your personal learning quest with Mote, we’ve introduced eight Achievement badges that are unlocked every time you try something new. 🚀

Here’s a run down of the eight Mote Achievements:

Google Docs

Google Docs is the original grand-mammy of Mote integrations and now, there are two super simple ways to use Mote within Google’s flagship Workspace app. To earn your Achievement, you’ll just need to create ten motes within Google Docs, using either commenting or in-page hypermotes.

Google Classroom

There’s so many ways to use Mote within Google Classroom, for feedback, whole-class communication or group discussions. To earn your Achievement, you’ll need to create ten motes within Google Classroom. Mote really is the ideal medium for feedback – so what are you waiting for?!

Google Slides

If you’ve not used Mote for Google Slides, then you’ve been missing out. We’ve created the easiest and fastest way to record and insert audio within Google Slides. To earn your Achievement, you just need to create a single mote within Google Slides.

Google Forms

Did you know that you can use Mote to create voice-powered forms, and to give voice feedback on Forms quizzes? If not, you do now! Check it out – a single mote recorded in Forms is all you need to earn this badge.


You can record motes at any time using the Motepad – it’s what we call the recorder that is part of the Mote extension, easily discovered from your web browser window. Earn your badge by creating a single recording with the Motepad.

Speech to text

We’re big believers in the value of adding speech to text transcription to your voice notes. They make it easier for your recipient to quickly scan your voice note, and to refer back to it at a later time. We’ve made it really easy to access speech to text – it’s a premium feature, but remember you can always access an upgrade by sharing Mote with a friend.


If you have a student or colleague who isn’t a strong native speaker in English (or whatever language you typically communicate), try using Mote’s easy Translation feature. You can translate the transcript of your voice note to your recipient’s native language and help ensure they understand both the content and the intention of your communication.

Mote Certified Educator

If you’ve read this far, then perhaps you’re the kind of person who deserves to become a Mote Certified Educator. You can learn more about this fantastic certification program here.

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I wish it could be Motemas every day

To mark the end of 2021, we shared 12 ideas for voice-powered learning as part of the first ever #12daysofmotemas!

The tweets and ideas are all below – there’s certainly something for everyone. Enjoy and please let us know which one you use in your classroom.

Day 1 – Hypermotes

Day 2 – Audio QR Greetings Cards (physical)

Day 3 – Daily Voice Journaling

Day 4 – #MoteMinutes on YouTube

Day 5 – Mote Certified Educator, #MoteCE

Day 6 – Mote’s Learning Hub

Day 7 – Internationalization of Mote: Accessible language settings

Day 8 – STEM mode

Day 9 – Mote for Google Forms

Day 10 – Mote for Google Forms

Day 11 – Mote’s Global Learning Community

Day 12 – Audio Greetings Cards (digital)