UDL Editions™ by CAST provides:

System Requirements


  1. Windows 2000/XP
  2. Pentium 300 MHz or higher
  3. 128 MB RAM
  4. Windows-supported sound card
  5. 12" color monitor (or larger) with 1024 x 760 resolution (or greater)
  6. Internet connection
  7. Internet Explorer 6.x or later or Firefox 1.5x
  8. Adobe Flash 7
  9. Speaker or headphones


  1. OSX (any)
  2. 300 MHz or higher
  3. 128 MB RAM
  4. 12" color monitor (or larger) with 1024 x 760 resolution (or greater)
  5. Internet connection
  6. Firefox 1.5x
  7. Adobe Flash 7
  8. Speaker or headphones

Texthelp Toolbar

The Texthelp toolbar floats onscreen and provides a variety of reading support tools. The tools and their functions are as follows:

Speak Mode:

Click to switch between speak mode and standard.

Speak Current Selection:

Click to hear your selected text read aloud.


Click to stop text being read aloud.


Click to find a translation of a word or phrase. Select text with the mouse and then click the Translate icon for a translation of it.

Fact Finder:

Click to search the Web for information about a word. Select a word with the mouse and then click the Fact Finder icon to search for information about it.


Click to find the definition of a word. Select a word with the mouse and then click the Dictionary icon for a definition of it.


Click to highlight parts of text. You can highlight any amount of text. Click on the color you prefer, and click and drag the mouse over the text you want to highlight to select it. Available highlight colors are Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Green. The Clear highlight is used to clear a highlight you no longer want or you would like to change.

Collect Highlights:

Click to collect highlights you have made in all available colors into one place. Highlighted selections will be grouped by color.


Changing Pages

Use the page arrow icons to move from page to page.

You can also enter in a specific page number to go directly to it. Type a page number into the box and click the page arrow icon.

Top Menu Bar

You can find out more and get extra help using the buttons on the top menu bar.

Click the Strategy Support button to find out all about the different reading strategies in UDL Editions. Information includes what each strategy is, how to do it, and examples.

Click the Author's Craft button to find out all about the different author's craft strategies in UDL Editions. Information includes what each strategy is, why they are important, and examples of how to create them in your own writing.

Glossary and Resources

Click an underlined word to go to the glossary entry for it.

Click the Glossary button to go directly to the glossary.

Click the Resources button to find out more about your selection. Resources include text summaries, information about the author, background information, maps, and more.

Strategies & Author's Craft


Successful readers use strategic skills to pursue meaning in a text. Use the strategies here to help you understand and enjoy what you read. The more you practice using strategies while you read, the more rewarding your reading experience will be. The strategies highlighted by UDL Editions are predict, question, summarize, and visualize.

Author's Craft

Narrative elements are parts of a story that shape the entire work. Characterization, foreshadowing, and setting all contribute to a story in important ways. These elements of storytelling are traditionally associated with fiction, but they can also appear in non-fiction works. Literary devices are the tools and techniques of language that authors use to convey meaning. Skilled use of literary devices brings richness and clarity to a text. The devices highlighted by UDL Editions apply to both fiction and nonfiction.

Use the Strategy Support resource button on the top navigation bar for more information. UDL Editions Choose a book from the start page by clicking on its cover. YouÕll be taken to the first page of the selection.

Select a level, such as the one shown below, and click the Start Reading button on the lower right.

You'll be taken to the first page of the selection. Read the text onscreen, or with the screen reader. Use the icons to learn more about the text and to complete activities and strategies based on your reading.

Literary Device icon

Click the Literary Device icon to learn more about literary devices such as the use of metaphor, simile, alliteration, and allusion, etc.

Stop & Think Points

Click a Stop & Think icon for reading strategies—such as predict, question, summarize, and visualize—and for author's craft strategies such as characterization, foreshadowing, and setting. When you click on a reading strategy icon, you'll see an activity, such as the one below.

If you need more help, try clicking on the coaches to see what they have to say.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is UDL?

UDL stands for Universal Design for Learning, a framework for designing learning environments that enable all individuals to can gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all. Learn more about UDL at www.cast.org.

How can I figure out what level of support my students need?

For the first session or two, plan to work at Level 1. This level provides the strongest coaching support and will help students learn how to respond to strategy prompts. As you work, listen to your student and evaluate their progress. When students excel at Level 1, experiment with using less support in levels 2 and 3.

I don't have Adobe Flash 7 on my computer. What should I do?

Download Adobe Flash 7 for free from www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer. If you are working on a school computer, check with the school's Information Technology department before downloading new software. The process might require administrative access to the school network.