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Finally! Android Devices and Google Play Books can be read aloud! Also works with Google Translate
Google Text-to-speech Engine powers applications to read the text on your screen aloud. For example, it can be used by:
• Google Play Books to “Read Aloud” your favorite book• Google Translate to speak translations aloud so you can hear the pronunciation of a word• TalkBack and accessibility applications for spoken feedback across your device• ... and many other applications in Play Store
To use Google Text-to-speech Engine on your Android device, go to Settings > Language & Input > Text-to-speech output. Select Google Text-to-speech Engine as your preferred engine.
Languages supported: English (United Kingdom), English (United States), French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish
Find it here: http://bit.ly/HB7iVN
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Languages supported: English (United Kingdom), English (United States), French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish"
Great review of Ipad Apps - some of these are still 'beta', but they are cheaper than the full software and helpful for students more comfortable with Ipads than laptops. We've been hearing great things about Voice Dream Reader - and nice to see a more affordable option for Co-Writer...although it still needs more to make it completely compatible with microsoft word documents.
Kurzweil, Learning Ally, Bookshare, Voice Dream Reader, Co:Writer, Prizmo (OCR for the Iphone, Ipad, and Itouch), Quizlet (flashcards), Inspiration Mind Maps and Livescribe Wifi Smartpen.
Full article here: http://bdmtech.blogspot.com/2013/08/back-to-school-guide-for-dyslexic.html
Add Read and Write Gold from TextHelp.com to this great list!--Lou
An e-reader may make reading less of a struggle for some kids with dyslexia, a new study shows. Researchers found that high-school...
Reading 2-3 words per line is easier for most dyslexic people to read. Simple idea, and more from dyslexic researcher Matt Schneps.Some E readers have the option to adjust the size of the font and words per page.
It's important that when people hear of 'soundbytes' that visual problems don't cause dyslexia - it doesn't mean that visual factors can't make it easier or harder to read. Matt's research works in the area of visual attention and perception - and this phenomenon (easier reading with more white space on a page) is clearly a feature of dyslexia and not related to phonics or sound-based discrimination.
Dyslexia-friendly print should consider visual factors such as spacing and font as well as word choice, sentence complexity, and other factors.
For Matt's full research article, click HERE.
"Breaking sentences up into short segments -- two to three words per line -- may help people with dyslexia read more easily" definately in my experience. A few words on the screen can help with concentrating on the concepts being presented.
Flipboard now with Voiceover support - magazine articles read to you.
Flipboard is a convenient magazine reader that flips through articles and pictures on the Iphone and Ipad. The latest update (free) connects the articles to Voiceover, the default text-to-speech reader (Siri).
Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech translation.
We like Learning Ally, Read2Go, iBooks, Kindle, Speak It and OverDrive from the library. Also the Dragon apps for dictating notes and Flashcard app if flashcards help with memorization.
what wonderful opportunities are now available for our learners... just got to reach them all more efficiently....true personalised scaffolded learning is looking closer
Parents often ask for help in locating appropriate apps for student with dyslexia. This is a great place to start!
Evernote Clearly on Firefox or Chrome Browsers can reduce visual crowding on webpages and optimize letter sizes and some fonts for people sensitive to these issues (some dyslexics, some people with certain types of vision problems).
One click on the web makes it easier to read, share it instantly with your evernote App! Change font and Colors with one click, easy and intuitive, awesome.
"DragonBox is making me reconsider all the times I’ve called an educational app “innovative.” Many educational apps are some form of flashcard, a way to enforce rote repetition and memory with some veneer of interactivity and multimedia layered on top. To be honest, I’m pretty tired of interactive picture books — yes, there are definitely some fun ones out there, but they’re not really any more “innovative” than pop-up books read out loud by an adult. It’s just an extension of the medium.
Here, though, we have an app that is allowing kids to learn a tricky subject through a gradual introduction of new rules and concepts — just like playing through an in-game tutorial where you first learn to look around, then walk, then jump, then pull out your weapons and fire, and then you’re off and running and you never had to sit down and read a manual. When the developers tested their app with hundreds of students in Norway, they found that more than 30% of them were able to solve equations after an hour of playing the game, and that rate more than doubled after two hours."
I use instapaper on the iPad to bookmark web articles to read later. Great to see that with their latest update, they added the open source Dyslexia-Friendly font!
Some good Ipad book apps for older and reluctant readers. Listening while reading along is great way to increase print exposure. Students who are engaged will read more.
Tips for improving the readability of websites and handouts. The best tips are in this part 3: shorten line width, increase white space, larger font size, usually sans serif font (some may prefer serif though), and use pictures, text boxes, and bullet points. Read the full article.
Great for students and work - Listen to your documents - even forms. PDF Connoisseur allows syncing to iCloud and conversion of documents into pdf so that they can be read. Forms are notoriously difficult for many dyslexics - having a simple option for text-to-speech helps a lot!
Nice free phonics IPhone and IPad with flashcard quiz mode and new articulation practice. 6000 words. Phonics Genius App
Just found out my son is dyslexic and phonological awareness is a big deficiency - so we'll try this, although if it doesn't have some video game like entertainment then he might not be interested!
Cruxbot is a free app to help summarize webpages and identify keywords. May be helpful for some with dyslexia, students, and more.
Dyslexic Advantage Webinar - Dr. Gatewood's How I Use Text to Speech walks people through the different forms of text-to-speech, machine vs. human voices, resources like Bookshare, Kindle-Audible, and Learning Ally, and newer resources Prizmo and Bookscan. Beth's webinar provides practical information for parents, students, teachers, and adults with dyslexia.
Lots of additional information in the chat notes. Additional thanks to Shelley Haven (Techpotential.net, previously of Stanford's Office of Accessible Education) for additional resources in the chat notes.
For a copy of Beth's slides: http://bit.ly/17h12MP For a copy of Simple Ways to Get Started in Text to Speech:
http://bit.ly/167R0wJFor Chat Notes from the Webinar and Answers: http://bit.ly/1iinqHf
Questions? Join our network at http://dyslexicadvantage.com and ask questions here: http://dyslexicadvantage.com/video/how-i-use-text-to-speech-dr-beth-gatewood
Research From the Smithsonian Institution Laboratory for Visual Learning
Pretty cool! Check out dyslexic Harvard-Smithsonian scientist Matt Schneps site for yourself and see if you have an easier time reading with a shorter line length and larger font size. Matt has a great demo site that allows you to try out the different display patterns for easier reading. Because of all of the confusion about visual features and dyslexia, Matt has kindly offered to give a talk to our group in the fall to explain what his research has shown.
Matt gave a wonderful talk at our Conference on Dyslexia and Talent last Spring here: http://youtu.be/lA2wgjhM9pw
Recent med school grad Chris Ford shares his picks for mobile text-to-speech readers. Voice Dream, Voice Paper, and VBookz - cool!
VBookz From the Chris Ford in the DyslexicAdvantage.com community:
This is my fav, fav, fav, text to voice reader (have I mentioned its my fav?????).
Pros: You can import pdf files (books, articles, etc), directly to this app. I would recommend that you download dropbox to your device so that you can download (lets say an article), to dropbox, and then upload to vBookz. Pretty cheap as well, (I think this one was like 4 bucks or so). You pay for one language (American English is the one I purchased...of course, but available in a ton of other languages.), and each additional if needed . Finally, it has a similar format to dropbox (you can see the pages and switch back and forth if needed between pages).
Cons: Well, even the Mustang Shelby GT500 from "Gone in 60 Seconds" had problems with shutting off at times: Click here to see Eleanor (the car from Gone in 60 secs). This is my biggest gripe of this app as well (it may shut off from time to time). Also, although the page search function is similar to dropbox, alas it is not dropbox, and it may be a bit tough when you can't punch in the actual pg number. Also, the same issues with only the one monotone voice available.
Other apps to consider Voice Dream and Voice Paper.
Voice Paper is handy because it works with Dropbox and Evernote. For longer reviews of these apps, check out the Dyslexic Medical Professionals Group.
In the latest version of the Google Search App for iOS and Android, not only can you say your question out loud, but your search app can speak your answer ri...
New Plugin for PCs and a free Kindle App reads Kindle books aloud.
If you have a PC, Amazon has a free Kindle book that allows downloading Ebooks through Kindle - often at significantly reduced price from print books. With the addition of this plugin, these books can also be read aloud if the Kindle book has text-to-speech enabled (check for every book -publishers vary). Read more.
Barriers persist in our willingness to embrace this technology in schools. Some of our most dedicated and knowledgeable teachers and tutors remain convinced that listening to text is "not REALLY reading!"
As my friend Ben Foss @benfoss points out there are three ways to read: eye reading, ear reading, and finger reading. Let's do what ever works best is any situation.
The benefits to all children who want to read with their ears as well as their eyes are many. How many of those same teachers who feel that listening to a book is not really 'reading' would not dream of preparing thier IRS Return without a calculator? Is using a calculator "not really doing math or not really paying your taxes???
Mac owners - do your free IOS 6 update! It has speech selection that highlights text as its read aloud. Great for web browsing as well as helping students reading along while listening. Highlighting must be turned on in settings.
It works on Ipad, Iphone, and Ipod Touch! Thanks, Apple!
Direct link to video showing Speak Selection here.
Assistive Tech for your mobile device
Pretty cool! Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD now have an Immersion Reading program that allows listener / readers to listen to a narrated audiobook from Audible while seeing the highlighted printed text. This is an ideal situation for improving reading.Whispersync for Voice has also improved the integration for listening-based readers that allows them to switch between where they were in an audiobook, watching a video, etc. 15,000 Kindle and audiobooks are available for Immersive Reading.
Apple has greatly improved its baseline speech-to-text (dictate) function in the new Mac OS Mountain Lion ($19.99). Works in notepad, word, email, safari, and more...
More on Mountain Lion from Wired magazine: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/07/deep-inside-mountain-lion-15-hidden-features-in-apples-new-os/?pid=3591&viewall=true
Apple's Ipad is a great all-in-one resource for older students and adults with dyslexia. Check out our top 5 Ipad Apps for Dyslexia.
- VoiceOver / Ibooks
- Dragon Dictate
- Dragon Go
When Dr. Matthew Schneps needs to read, he turns to his iPhone 4S. The handset’s 3.5-inch screen squeezes text into one skinny column, which is helpful because the Harvard astrophysicist has dyslexia.
"Using an app called GoodReader, Landmark students read books in a single column of 42-point text that only allowed for two to three words per line. 'The screen acts like blinders,' explains Schneps. 'You end up reading vertically.' "
Kudos for dyslexic CEO Will Mayo for creating an app (now free) to listen to the web. So far, recent Associated Press stories, Atlantic, Tech Crunch loaded, hopefully more soon.
Another handy grammar and spelling check that's free to use while it's still in beta. Paperrater.com will allow you to check more than the free Ginger tool. Thanks Technodys.