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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 – Slide Share: http://www.slideshare.net/hindie/text-to-speech-
  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. AIM• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcPIMlOJ Jkc#
  12. 12. FeaturesWYNN Kurzweil Snap & Read Read Write Gold
  13. 13. WYNN• WYNN Tip Sheets – http://www.freedomscientific.com/lsg/products/w ynn_tipsheets.asp• Pearl Document Camera
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Read & Write• Works within Word/PDF environment• Various Toolbars – Reading – Writing – Studying – Research
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Kurzweil• Kurzweil Files – Opens and reads Word and PDF Files• Customize Toolbars – Main Toolbar – Reading Toolbar – Study Skills Toolbar – Writing Toolbar
  18. 18. Kurzweil• Toolbars
  19. 19. Snap N Read• Windows or Mac• USB Flashdrive• Floats over applications• Docs• PDF• Websites• http://www.donjohnston.com/products/snap- read/index.html
  20. 20. Snap & Read• Click and drag over text• Speaker• Click on triangle to open settings• You can adjust speech, highlightingcolors and background transparency
  21. 21. CoWriter• Word Prediction• Click on arrow to flip to tools• Topic Dictionaries – Display words from Dictionary• Create Custom Dictionaries
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. Read&Write for Google Docs• Free in Chrome Webstore• https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/r ead%26write-for-google- doc/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd
  24. 24. FireFox Extenstions• Talking Clipboard – http://talkingclipboard.com/• Accessibar – https://addons.mozilla.org/en- us/firefox/addon/accessibar/?src=search
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. Word Prediction Apps• Predictable• Brevity – Copy Text – Email Text – Voice OVer
  29. 29. Accessible Apps• iWordQ – Word prediciton – Text To Speech – http://www.goqsoftware.com/en/writing- products/iwordq/• Verbally – Reads Text – http://www.voicedream.com/
  30. 30. Apps• WebReader• iBooks• Read Me Stories• Evernote•
  31. 31. Accessible Apps• Say Text – Take a picture of text and OCR – Works with Voice Over – http://www.docscannerapp.com/saytext/

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