ChromeOS and desktop Chrome get Reader Mode

At BETT 2023, Google announced several educational features coming to Chromebooks this year. Notably, ChromeOS and the Chrome desktop browser are getting read mode. 

Following Android last year, this one is curious that reader mode is available from the desktop browser sidebar. This is a new option in the drop-down menu that already has Reading List and Bookmarks. It is designed to reduce distracting elements on the screen, such as images and videos, to help you focus on the main content of the page.”

Reading view appears next to the side of the original page, and you can zoom in panel width at any time. Several fonts are available with the ability to increase/decrease the text size, change the background color (light, dark, yellow, blue), and adjust the line spacing/margins. 

Reading View will appear in the Chrome browser (Mac, Windows, Linux) and ChromeOS (version 114) later this year.

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In the meantime, screencast An app was announced last year that allows any teacher to record and annotate the screen of their Chromebook, as well as put their face and voice in a corner. Google then transcribes the spoken words and uploads the recording to Google Drive to make it easier to share in class. 

Google will soon provide recording and transcription support for Spanish, Japanese, Swedish, Italian, and other new languages, and also adding animated clicks/presses and the ability to highlight keyboard shortcuts. Finally, the new web player will allow students and educators to “view screencasts in any browser on any device.” These Screencast updates will begin rolling out with ChromeOS 112 in April.

Cast Moderator, which allows teachers and students to share a Chromebook or Chrome desktop browser screen on a supported Google TV device, will soon support Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese, and & #8220; Equipment Cast Moderator” coming to Europe and Asia “later this year” Also:

Soon, any presenter will be able to pause the screencast to continue working on their laptop (take notes during the presentation). , For example). Instructors will also be able to switch which tabs are displayed without ending the broadcast session. 

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