READ-IT by Dick Smith Electronics is a reading assistance program for the AQUARIUS HOME COMPUTER that requires 16K RAM PACK to run.
READ IT is intended to be used in conjunction with a competent reader. READ-IT already has a list of 40 words in its memory when it is loaded into the computer, but the user can create, save to tape, and later load back from tape their own lists of words. The only requirement for the list is that no word can be longer than 18 characters and must contain 40 words. Lists created with READ-IT can be read by the sister program SPELL-IT.
The student works on 8 words in the main list. They can be chosen by the student or randomly. After selecting a subset of 8 words, the program will only use those words until another selection is made.
In the PRACTICE READING mode, each word is presented to the student one at a time, and the teacher either marks the word as correct or incorrect. When 8 words are completed, the student will be given the option to repeat all the words, or only repeat the words that were incorrect.
In the FAST READING mode, the words flash in front of the student one at a time with a certain time interval between each word. The teacher decides whether the student was able to correctly read all the words in the allotted time. The time period between each word can be set by the student. (from 0.3 sec to 7 sec).