Text to speech and word predicition


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  • Text to speech and word predicition

    1. 1. Text-to-Speech and Word Prediction: Technology Supportsfor Struggling Readers and Writers Hindie Becker Dershowitz Tricia Peters
    2. 2. Resources• Comments/suggestions: http://todaysmeet.com/texttospeech• LiveBinder of Resources – http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/611449• Learnist Board of Resources – http://learni.st/users/5997/boards/6646-text-to- speech-and-word-prediction-technology- supports-for-struggling-readers-and-writers
    3. 3. Considerations • Reasons against using Text To Speech• Teachers• Administrators• Parents• Paras• Students
    4. 4. Considerations • Reasons for using Text To Speech• Teachers• Administrators• Parents• Paras• Students
    5. 5. Considerations • Reasons against using Word Prediction• Teachers• Administrators• Parents• Paras• Students
    6. 6. Considerations • Reasons for using Word Prediction• Teachers• Administrators• Parents• Paras• Students
    7. 7. Consideration Tools for Reading• Protocol for Accommodations in Reading – Oral Reading – Adult Reading – Text Reader • Computer • Mobile device – Likert Scale• http://www.donjohnston.com/products/par/in dex.html
    8. 8. Written Productivity Profile• Handwriting and Keyboarding Comparisons• Alphabet• Copy sentence or passage• Writing Prompt – picture, – Jar Journal – Discussions• Dictated Sentence• Word Prediction• http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/depar tments/hiat/resources/wpp.shtm
    9. 9. ARD Paperwork• IEP Goals/objectives• Accommodations• STARR testing
    10. 10. Print Disability• Print Disability – Chafee Amendment• Accessible Instructional Materials – IDEA• National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials – AIM Explorer • http://aim.cast.org/experience/decision- making_tools/aim_explorer – AIM Navigator • http://aim.cast.org/experience/decision-
    11. 11. FeaturesWYNN Kurzweil Snap & Read Read Write Gold
    12. 12. WYNN• WYNN Tip Sheets – http://www.freedomscientific.com/lsg/products/w ynn_tipsheets.asp• Pearl Document Camera
    13. 13. Features• OCR Tools• Text to Speech Tools• Dictionary Tools• Research Tools• Word Prediction• Tools to read websites• Tools to read PDF documents• Test taking/writing tools• Ability to save audio file
    14. 14. Read & Write• Works within Word/PDF environment• Various Toolbars – Reading – Writing – Studying – Research
    15. 15. Read Write• Read & Write Gold Tutorials• http://www.texthelp.com/north-america/our- products/readwrite/educator- resources/documentation/• Loudon County Public School• http://www.lcps.org/cms/lib4/VA01000195/C entricity/Domain/116/reference%20cards/R WGtaskcards10.pdf
    16. 16. Kurzweil• Kurzweil Files – Opens and reads Word and PDF Files• Customize Toolbars – Main Toolbar – Reading Toolbar – Study Skills Toolbar – Writing Toolbar
    17. 17. Kurzweil• Toolbars
    18. 18. Snap N Read• Windows or Mac• USB Flashdrive• Floats over applications• Docs• PDF• Websites• http://www.donjohnston.com/products/snap- read/index.html
    19. 19. Snap & Read• Click and drag over text• Speaker• Click on triangle to open settings• You can adjust speech, highlightingcolors and background transparency
    20. 20. CoWriter• Word Prediction• Click on arrow to flip to tools• Topic Dictionaries – Display words from Dictionary• Create Custom Dictionaries
    21. 21. Adobe PDF• Someone needs to have Adobe Pro – Enable editing – Save and share file• Enable editing in Adobe Pro – http://natri.uky.edu/assoc_projects/qiat/documen ts/resourcebank/V- 2CreateinteractiveFormsAdobeProfessional.pdf• Students can use form on any computer
    22. 22. Read&Write for Google Docs• Free in Chrome Webstore• https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/r ead%26write-for-google- doc/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd
    23. 23. FireFox Extenstions• Talking Clipboard – http://talkingclipboard.com/• Accessibar – https://addons.mozilla.org/en- us/firefox/addon/accessibar/?src=search
    24. 24. Safari• Handout from www.billziegler.com• Set the computer up to read text – System Preferences: Speech:Text to Speech- Select your System Voice & Rate.• You can re-set the HOT key that triggers the speech• De-clutter text on Safari web pages• Use Cover Flow and Top Sites to allow struggling readers to locate folders, documents and Internet sites
    25. 25. Free Text to Speech Tools• Edu Apps, My Study Bar – http://eduapps.org/?page_id=7#• AT Bar – http://www.atbar.org/• Balabolka – http://balabolka.en.softonic.com/• Natural Reader – http://www.naturalreaders.com/download.php
    26. 26. iPad Accessibility• Speech with highlighting• https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5KeW- 3vYr1XQ3VSa19xSC1ZQjQ/edit• Guided Access• https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5KeW- 3vYr1Xbi05ZWRKOGt2aTA/edit• Voice Over
    27. 27. Word Prediction Apps• Predictable• Brevity – Copy Text – Email Text – Voice OVer
    28. 28. Accessible Apps• iWordQ – Word prediciton – Text To Speech – http://www.goqsoftware.com/en/writing- products/iwordq/• Verbally – Reads Text – http://www.voicedream.com/
    29. 29. Apps• WebReader• iBooks• Read Me Stories• Evernote•
    30. 30. Accessible Apps• Say Text – Take a picture of text and OCR – Works with Voice Over – http://www.docscannerapp.com/saytext/