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10/5/07: Free Text-To-Speech,

Posted by: | October 5, 2007 | 5 Comments |

What? No Comments? While my intention with this blog is to simply provide some quick & usually free AT/UDL tips and links on a weekly basis, it could be beneficial to have some discussion going on as well. Please feel welcome to leave comments on each of these blog posts!

This week I’ve been asked on 3 separate occasions to provide either training or info on text-to-speech conversion and use with mp3 players in the classroom. Let me first remind everyone that I do have a text-to-speech conversion workshop scheduled at my site for December 13th. (see workshop schedule). I can also schedule additional trainings when necessary.

Several free text-to-speech options are worth listing here. Remember that its important to try out any software for yourself and to preview it on your own before planning to use it with your students.

1. Word Talk: http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/

2. ReadPlease!: http://www.readplease.com/

3. NaturalReader: http://www.naturalreaders.com/

4. Google Gadget RSS to Speech: http://desktop.google.com/plugins/i/rsstospeech.html

5. Google Translator WITH AT&T Text to Speech! http://translate.1888usa.com/

6. Click Speak extension for FireFox Browser: http://clickspeak.clcworld.net/downloads.html

7. Speakonia: http://www.cfs-technologies.com/home/?id=1.4

**A little side note unrelated to text-to-speech; on the Learning is Messy Blog, I was reminded this week that Skype and other similar tools are truly an untapped resource in the classroom and not something we should be afraid of and simply prohibit in our schools w/out careful consideration. Check this out for yourself: http://learningismessy.com/blog/?p=343

Have a great weekend and

Remember to Register for:

~ The PATINS State Conference in December ~

Register as a group of 5 or more to get the best price!

Info & Registration Form can be found here:http://www.patinsproject.com/htm/trainop.html


~ More Next Week ~

under: General Info, Online Resources, Samples & Examples, Software


  1. By: Lee Baber on October 22, 2007 at 12:26 am      

    I am working with Brian Crosby and am writing an accessibility resource page for the http://k12onlineconference.org
    I will add the resources you are providing here. Thank you for your work.

  2. By: danielgmcnulty on October 22, 2007 at 9:40 am      

    Thanks for your comment Lee! It looks like there are a ton of great resources being shared by Brian and yourself as well. Everyone should visit them.

  3. By: Lee Baber on October 22, 2007 at 12:24 pm      

    Thanks and so you can see the actual page I am trying to develop, see http://k12online07presenters.wikispaces.com/page/edit/Accessibility

    Thanks for the additional resources to add.

  4. By: CB on November 14, 2007 at 2:34 pm      

    Any chance you can switch to full feeds, please? Makes it so much easier to read (and then to come to the web log to comment).

  5. By: danielgmcnulty on November 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm      

    OK, I’ve switched to Full Text Feeds. We’ll see how it goes! Thanks for your comments!

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