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  • 1. Technology Project TextAloud & Speak it! Transition Diana B. Garcia Transition Specialist
  • 2. Overview – TextAloud
    • TextAloud is Text to Speech software that converts your text from MS Word Documents, Emails, Web Pages and PDF Files into natural-sounding speech.
    • You can listen on your PC or create audio files for use on portable devices like iPods, PocketPCs and CD players. TextAloud even has automatic iTunes/iPod syncing.
  • 3. How it is used?
    • Very simple:
    • 1. Simply Copy & Paste
    • 2. When you copy the TextAloud box will come up and you can simply click on NEW and the window will come up with the text.
    • 3. Ready to Speak
    • 4. Voices, Volume, and many features can be adjusted.
  • 4. How they both apply to Transition
    • Text to Speech software can assist students with a disability gain independence.
    • Student's with reading disability can feel independence by learning to use it as a resource
    • Can assist student's in classes, homework, job settings, and daily things like reading newspapers or general information
  • 5. Purpose in and out of the classroom
    • IN the classroom:
    • Use with speakers and projector for class lesson...(then students can read on their own with parnters) Students find it interesting!!! It gets their attention
    • Students can be given the option to use the software during class to accomplish their work on their own
    • You give a demo, every time you use it in class, reinforce it, and students will remember how to use it.
  • 6. Speak it!
    • Speak it! Is a text to speech application for MAC can be used on Ipad, Iphone, any MAC OS X.
    • Very simple to use just copy and paste.
    • You can save the files, search, change speed, and do voice shaping.
  • 7. Recommendation or Tips
    • Files can be saved as mp3 files for the use on mobile devices.
    • Double check computer regular input and output devices to make they work correctly.
    • Teach students to adjust things like speed and volume
  • 8. Technology can Ehance the learning Technology can enhance learning in many ways * Innovation gets students attention * Assist in students learning * Technology skills and knowledge are all necessary in the workforce
  • 9. Sample: Video Please watch the short video clip.