Overview – TextAloud <ul><li>TextAloud is Text to Speech software that converts your text from MS Word Documents, Emails, Web Pages and PDF Files into natural-sounding speech. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
How it is used? <ul><li>Very simple: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Simply Copy & Paste </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Ready to Speak </li></ul><ul><li>4. Voices, Volume, and many features can be adjusted. </li></ul>
How they both apply to Transition <ul><li>Text to Speech software can assist students with a disability gain independence. </li></ul><ul><li>Student's with reading disability can feel independence by learning to use it as a resource </li></ul><ul><li>Can assist student's in classes, homework, job settings, and daily things like reading newspapers or general information </li></ul>
Purpose in and out of the classroom <ul><li>IN the classroom: </li></ul><ul><li>Use with speakers and projector for class lesson...(then students can read on their own with partners) Students find it interesting!!! It gets their attention </li></ul><ul><li>Students can be given the option to use the software during class to accomplish their work on their own </li></ul><ul><li>You give a demo, every time you use it in class, reinforce it, and students will remember how to use it. </li></ul>
Speak it! <ul><li>Speak it! Is a text to speech application for MAC can be used on Ipad, Iphone, any MAC OS X. </li></ul><ul><li>Very simple to use just copy and paste. </li></ul><ul><li>You can save the files, search, change speed, and do voice shaping. </li></ul>
Recommendation or Tips <ul><li>Files can be saved as mp3 files for the use on mobile devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Double check computer regular input and output devices to make they work correctly. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students to adjust things like speed and volume </li></ul>
Technology can Enhance 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
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