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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 ~