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Text-to-Speech

  1. 1. Using the Text-to-Speech feature on MacBook Pro Hello!How to make on-screen text come alive!
  2. 2. Why use Text-to-Speech?• Students with disabilities – Vision – Dyslexia – Reading Comprehension – Physical limitations
  3. 3. Go to the in thetop left corner of themenu bar, click andchoose “SystemPreferences”.
  4. 4. Under “System”, choose “Speech”
  5. 5. “Text to Speech” should be highlighted
  6. 6. Under “System You can preview the voice and Voice” choose speaking rate by clicking “Play”the appropriate voice. Under “Speaking Rate” choose the appropriatespeaking speed for your student(s).
  7. 7. Next we are going to set thetext-to-speech feature to speak to the student when the text is highlighted and a key combination is pressed.
  8. 8. Place a checkmark in Click “Set Key…” to“Speak selected text set a key combination.when key is pressed”
  9. 9. Now choose a key combination that you and yourstudent will remember. We will use Control+T as an example. Remember you must highlight the text on the computer screen, then press the set key combination (in this case, Control+T) in order for the student to hear the text.
  10. 10. To change more VoiceOver Settings, click “Open Universal Access Preferences…”
  11. 11. You can personalize the computer for each student no matter what disability: Click on each tab below to change settings: “Seeing” “Hearing” ”Keyboard” “Mouse & Trackpad”
  12. 12. Click the following link to see example of the Text-to-Speech feature: http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php? video_id=270954 Note: Video may not play in Firefox; utilize Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer
  13. 13. Other Text-to-Speech Programs iPad –iSpeech (free) Web-based –Speak It! ($1.99) –Text2speech PC –Windows XP and Vista –Natural Reader •Also available for MAC •Free download available –Text to Speech Converter •Free download
  14. 14. If you have any questions orcomments about the tutorial, please see C. Shanko in room 120!

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