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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

At the following list you will find 19 Free Text to Speech tools that your students' will appreciate. Some of them you have to install and some you will install on your browser. The most awesome about these tools is that are FREE!


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Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 4:31 AM
The link does't work!
Lee Hall's comment, August 23, 2013 9:15 AM
I don't know why that one doesn't work anymore try this link: http://elearningindustry.com/19-free-text-to-speech-tools-educators-tts-teachers
Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 5:38 PM
Now it works, thanks!
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Voice Dream: Good Text-to-Speech App for PDF's

Voice Dream:  Good Text-to-Speech App for PDF's | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

"Voice Dream is a low cost ($4.99) app that provides text-to-speech, with a high quality voice, for files that are opened in it on an iDevice. The app has been optimized for both the iPad and the smaller iPhone or iPod Touch.

 

Voice Dream reads PDF files well, but its developers say that it will also handle ePub, eBook, MS Word, plain text, Apple Pages, MS PowerPoint, RTF and HTML. I’ve tried it with PDF, .txt, PowerPoint, and HTML, and it handled them all well. It is important to note, however, that all formatting on the original file is lost when the file is brought into Voice Dream.

 

This app offers additional features that can be helpful. First, each word is highlighted in one color as it is read aloud, while the line is highlighted in another color. The user is able to select white text on a dark background, and text size can be adjusted. Finally, Voice Dream works well with DropBox for importing desired reading material."

 


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‘Speak Selection’ – Convenient Text-to-Speech Built Into iOS5

‘Speak Selection’ – Convenient Text-to-Speech Built Into iOS5 | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton writes about Speak Selection, a new feature in iOS5 that offers a TTS tool that can be used by learners who struggle with text.  He also includes how to use the Define within Speak Selection.

 

"This will read aloud any selected text — in a web article, a text editor, an email, in Twitter, in text messages, or just about anywhere. It isn’t perfect. For example, Speak Selection won’t read in Facebook.

 

It is worth noting that Define is another helpful feature that is new in iOS5. This is available whether Speak Selection is turned on or not. Both features, however, are made available in exactly the same way. When a single word is selected, you are offered a Define button. When Speak Selection is turned on, ‘Define’ is offered at the same time as ‘Speak’"

 

Thank you, Paul!


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‘Speak Selection’ – Convenient Text-to-Speech Built Into iOS5

‘Speak Selection’ – Convenient Text-to-Speech Built Into iOS5 | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton writes about Speak Selection, a new feature in iOS5 that offers a TTS tool that can be used by learners who struggle with text.  He also includes how to use the Define within Speak Selection.

 

"This will read aloud any selected text — in a web article, a text editor, an email, in Twitter, in text messages, or just about anywhere. It isn’t perfect. For example, Speak Selection won’t read in Facebook.

 

It is worth noting that Define is another helpful feature that is new in iOS5. This is available whether Speak Selection is turned on or not. Both features, however, are made available in exactly the same way. When a single word is selected, you are offered a Define button. When Speak Selection is turned on, ‘Define’ is offered at the same time as ‘Speak’"

 

Thank you, Paul!


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AppWriter | OCR Mobile Kit, TTS and Word Prediction to Support Reading/Writing Disabilities

AppWriter | OCR Mobile Kit, TTS and Word Prediction to Support Reading/Writing Disabilities | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

AppWriter by LingApps is the first text editor for the iPad to offer users of all ages with reading and writing disabilities. It includes a set of integrated tools that include TTS, word prediction and a Mobile OCR Kit.  What does this mean? Convert any printed text to a readable format from your iPad!

 

Here are the features:

 

*No WiFi or 3G needed; everything is embedded and runs directly on the iPad

*High quality TTS with highlighting as text is being read

*Through the integration of Mobile OCRKit, textbooks, photocopies and handouts are easily converted into text documents. The text can be spoken out loud by AppWriter with color highlighting or edited. AppWriter OCR is the simplest and most affordable way to get any textbook or handout converted for everyone to read and listen to on an iPad. AppWriter OCR comes in more than 12 different languages."

*Word Prediction with the ability to hear each word before selection.

*File Management - emailed, copied to clipboard or export to DropBox.

 

This will level the playing field for millions of students worldwide!


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Abilipad - App that Levels the Playing Field

"Named one of “the best iPad apps for special needs kids” in a Washington Post article! Abilipad combines the functionality of a notepad with word prediction, text-to-speech and a customizable keyboard, putting advanced writing tools within everyone’s reach."

 

It includes:

>  User-friendly interface

>  Word Prediction Power

>  Text-to-speech with great voices to select from

>  Keyboard Editor

>  Library of resources

>  Bluetooth enabled

 


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vBookz PDF Voice Reader: Simple Text-to-Speech Solution for PDF’s

vBookz PDF Voice Reader: Simple Text-to-Speech Solution for PDF’s | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton has offered an excellent review of vBookz PDF Voice Reader for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  The key app features:

 

•16 languages aloud.

•Open any PDF directly from the mail, dropbox or iTunes sync.

•Read almost any PDF aloud.

•Reading orientation tools.

•Auto text follower mechanism.

•High quality male and female voices.

 

Here are some of Paul's comments:

"It could hardly be easier to bring PDF files into vBookz PDF Voice Reader! Simply open a PDF email attachment, or a PDF file in your DropBox account. Then click on the forward icon to be given the option of opening the file in vBookz PDF Voice Reader. Once a PDF file has been opened, it remains on a book shelf in the “Library” for future reference. The process seems to work well with both short files and those that are book-length."

 

There is also a version of vBookz PDF Voice Reader for Mac computers.


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AppWriter | OCR Mobile Kit, TTS and Word Prediction to Support Reading/Writing Disabilities

AppWriter | OCR Mobile Kit, TTS and Word Prediction to Support Reading/Writing Disabilities | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

AppWriter by LingApps is the first text editor for the iPad to offer users of all ages with reading and writing disabilities. It includes a set of integrated tools that include TTS, word prediction and a Mobile OCR Kit.  What does this mean? Convert any printed text to a readable format from your iPad!

 

Here are the features:

 

>  No WiFi or 3G needed; everything is embedded and runs directly on the iPad

> High quality TTS with highlighting as text is being read

> OCR - "Any paper document or image becomes accessible. Through the integration of Mobile OCRKit, textbooks, photocopies and handouts are easily converted into text documents. The text can be spoken out loud by AppWriter with color highlighting or edited. AppWriter OCR is the simplest and most affordable way to get any textbook or handout converted for everyone to read and listen to on an iPad. AppWriter OCR comes in more than 12 different languages."

> Word Prediction with the ability to hear each word before selection.

> File Management - emailed, copied to clipboard or export to DropBox.

 

This will level the playing field for millions of students worldwide!


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vBookz PDF Voice Reader: Simple Text-to-Speech Solution for PDF’s

vBookz PDF Voice Reader: Simple Text-to-Speech Solution for PDF’s | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton has offered an excellent review of vBookz PDF Voice Reader for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  The key app features:

 

•16 languages aloud.

•Open any PDF directly from the mail, dropbox or iTunes sync.

•Read almost any PDF aloud.

•Reading orientation tools.

•Auto text follower mechanism.

•High quality male and female voices.

 

Here are some of Paul's comments:

"It could hardly be easier to bring PDF files into vBookz PDF Voice Reader! Simply open a PDF email attachment, or a PDF file in your DropBox account. Then click on the forward icon to be given the option of opening the file in vBookz PDF Voice Reader. Once a PDF file has been opened, it remains on a book shelf in the “Library” for future reference. The process seems to work well with both short files and those that are book-length."

 

There is also a version of vBookz PDF Voice Reader for Mac computers.


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