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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | 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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ChromeVis: Free Magnification in Chrome, Magnify Text and Change Font Color & Background

ChromeVis: Free Magnification in Chrome, Magnify Text and Change Font Color & Background | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

ChromVis Free extension for magnification and Font preferences.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, December 30, 2012 7:44 PM

Select Text to be read, click ChromVis Button, and text is placed above website in a box to read. Press numbers 1 through 7 to change font colors and background. Press "equals" key to enlarge text. Quick, easy, and free, and other options as well.

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TextGrabber + Translator

TextGrabber + Translator | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Get TextGrabber + Translator on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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iPad: Voiceover and the Refreshabraille 18 for Regular Ed. Teachers& Blind Students

Demonstration of how the iPad and a Refreshabraille 18 can be used as an instructional tool for parents and regular education teachers & Special Ed. teachers. Teachers do not need to read/ type braille to teach a student who uses/reads braille.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 1, 2013 7:33 PM

Though these videos are a bit older, they offer a clear picture of how a student can use a Refreshable Braille Display to access every aspect of education; and many educators and special educators are unaware of how this works. A refreshable braille display allows a student or individual to access a computer, iPad, iPod touch, etc. equally to their peers to research the internet, complete homework or handouts, send email, etc., using real-time refreshable Braille. There are many devices and options from several companies (HumanWare, HIMS), this shows one available for free for students who qualify for AIM in their state (from APH). An important factor is that anything a student types in Braille, reflects on the iPad or computer as text, for the teacher to read, and anything the teacher types or scans, shows up as Braille for the student to read. It is typically used with a screen reader such as JAWS, window eyes, or Voice Over on iOS devices, meaning content is also read aloud to a student. I have students in 3rd and 4th grade now using a refreshable braille display to access education; there are no limits with Assistive Technology. :) See the Video above from a teacher, as well as this older one from Chase, a young student: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJWMRlElD1E

 

Chase now is a teenager using the Braille 18 Plus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28_BvyQR8XA

 

 

 

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calibre - ebook management, conversion, and reading,Watch it in action!

calibre - ebook management, conversion, and reading,Watch it in action! | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

calibre: The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Free Comprehensive e-book software.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:09 AM

Excellent, free tool/ software for educators and students, as well as all individuals who may need an accessible format, or those who simply enjoy ebooks.

calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats.  

The conversion engine has many features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the book.

calibre can directly connect to all the major (and most of the minor) ebook reading devices, smarthphones, tablets, etc. In addition, using the Connect to folder function you can use it with any ebook reader that exports itself as a USB disk. You can even connect to Apple devices (via iTunes), using the Connect to iTunes function.

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Tablet Stand with Storage

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Designed for the classroom, the Belkin Tablet Stand with Storage keeps technology within reach and at comfortable positions for viewing or typing. Tablet stand with attached storage box keeps headphones, pencils, and other school supplies organized and accessible.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, May 23, 2013 1:05 PM

What an excellent idea!

Karen Jackson Stindt's curator insight, May 29, 2013 8:54 AM

great idea!

Willemien's curator insight, October 30, 2013 11:26 AM

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Voice Dream: Text To Speech App

Voice Dream: Text To Speech App | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

The Best Text To Speech Reader App for iPhone and iPad, Easy to

Read text from PDF, ePub, Word, and Text files in Dropbox, Google Drive or on your device. Read books from Bookshare and Gutenburg! Text to speech with highlighting, choose colors and backgrounds,increase font size, many fonts available including the Dyslexie Font. Many child and adult voices to choose from, you can even add notes, highlights, bookmarks, or edit text.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:21 AM

This is still the best app I recommend often for text to speech for Bookshare books, scanned documents/ handouts/ worksheets, newspapers and articles from the web, and more. Excellent features for assistance with reading!

Diana Petschauer's comment, June 5, 2013 9:04 AM
Voice Dream Reader version 2.8 is out! It's a big release with many new features like Pronunciation Dictionary and Configurable Navigation which are more advanced than any text-to-speech reader in the market.

You can see the full description of all the new features in the blog post:

http://voicedream.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aa9e87703f66ce1d03f1ee787&id=13c428fb16&e=ead9097fea
StudentSupport@EdinburghCollege's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:07 AM

Voice Dream is an accessibility application that can be used to convert text to speech. Compatible with iPad and iPhone, Voice Dream also offer a free, trial version of the software featuring all the functionality of the full-version. Use the software for reading text documents, lecture notes, proofreading essays or coursework, or for accessing resources.  

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The first PDF reader for visually impaired people: Swiss National Association of and for the Blind SNAB

The first PDF reader for visually impaired people: Swiss National Association of and for the Blind SNAB | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

The Swiss National Association of and for the Blind (SNAB), in collaboration with the Access for All foundation and the service provider xyMedia, has developed an important innovation for visually impaired people. The VIP PDF-Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with PDF files. This innovative product is now available free of charge to Windows, Mac and Linux users.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:53 AM

If you open the second document on creating an accessible PDF in Google Chrome, you will have the option to translate it to English, such as here:

http://blog.axespdf.com/index.php/leserseite/items/cheatsheets-pdf-barrierefrei.html

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Software & Android SmartPhone Help "Blind to See"

Software & Android SmartPhone Help "Blind to See" | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

"The Visus Visual Assist System provides visual and audio aids to blind people using the camera and other devices on a cellphone. "

Recogize objects, signs, Text (OCR) & faces and map the inside of a building for future navigation.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, July 23, 2013 7:27 AM

Innovative Assistive Technology is being tested by students at the Carroll Center for the Blind. It carries a hefty price tag, and there are currently iphone apps that do similar, however I am very interested in comparing this software and the applications that sound excellent, such as recognizing universal symbols such as the bathroom, recognizing/ scanning faces, and mapping the inside of a building for future navigation. I believe a person would introduce themselves prior to having their face scanned, however it is great progress! You can read the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/07/21/for-blind-kids-smartphone-shows-way/RCxI74zW3ENnpMtXP02oNL/story.html

 

If you have an iPad or iPhone/ iPod touch and want an app that identifies many words, symbols, objects, and colors, check out oMoby.

For OCR check out Textgrabber  (also available on Android) and for navigation BlindSquare is phenomenal.

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Over 200 Presentation and Hands-On Lab Hours | Closing The Gap-Changing lives with Assistive Technology-Annual Conference

Over 200 Presentation and Hands-On Lab Hours | Closing The Gap-Changing lives with Assistive Technology-Annual Conference | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

iPad Apps for Struggling Readers & Writers, Live Training at Closing the Gap; This Training is being offered as a Live Webinar on October 29th, Register Here

https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=RSJjaaUmrOmrYgkPneeWrw

 

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Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM): Simply Said- A fun, brief, informative Video!

The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of our new video explaining Accessible Instruc...

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VoiceNote: An Excellent Voice-to-Text (Speech Recognition) App for Google Chrome | Free

VoiceNote: An Excellent Voice-to-Text (Speech Recognition) App for Google Chrome | Free | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, December 30, 2012 6:03 PM

After reading Paul's Review I had to try this myself, and it is phenomenal! Accurate and Efficient, and I love the buttons for punctuation! Excellent for our students with learning disabilities or Dyslexia, or for any student to type faster with less spelling errors! There is no training involved. For students with speech difficulties due to CP, Apraxia, Aphasia, etc., I still recommend Dragon Naturally Speaking, as it can learn to type (be trained)according to a specific user's pronunciation; for all others VoiceNote is a great free option! Simply add it in Google Chrome and Begin using!

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FastFig

FastFig | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
FastFig is the word processor for math.

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, May 1, 2013 12:25 PM
FastFig makes it easy to Type and solve math problems. • Basic Math • Algebra • Calculus • Trigonometry • Statistics • Linear Algebra • Engineering Mathematics • And much more…
Karen Jackson Stindt's curator insight, May 5, 2013 10:59 PM

Great idea!

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CapturaTalk

CapturaTalk | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

Accessibility for Android users and devices!


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 1, 2013 10:03 AM

Excellent Option for those who need assistance with reading and writing, and individuals with a print disability. OCR, text-to-speech, voice recognition, synchronized highlighting of words, and access to the web and e-books.

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Audio-based virtual gaming aims to help the blind navigate

Audio-based virtual gaming aims to help the blind navigate | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
Using only audio-based cues within the context of a video game metaphor, blind users in a study out of Harvard are able to explore a building's layout. Read this article by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on CNET News.

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 2, 2013 9:41 PM

"A video game that uses audio cues and computer-generated building layouts has proven to be better at improving a blind person's spatial awareness of that place than does actually walking them through it, according to new research out of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary"

Blake Dennis's curator insight, June 11, 2013 12:32 PM

This article isn't directly correlated to the video game industry, but it is still a new technology that brings audio and games together. Using audio to direct blind people could be considered revolutionary to people with blindess. When combined with a game, it becomes more interactive and easier to learn.

Stephanie Shivak's curator insight, November 5, 2014 11:31 AM

Not only does this have potential for improving the lives of the visually impaired, but it also introduces a whole new concept into console gaming as well as things like the Oculus.  If sound designers, engineers and composers are adding aural cues as well as visual throughout the game, it's almost like adding another dimension.  Moreover, if both the medical and gaming industries begin researching this, both fields have the opportunity to advance from the other's information.

 

See Ma, video games are good for something!

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Portable Text to Braille Reader Concept

Portable Text to Braille Reader Concept | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

This concept would provide accessibility immediately for paper textbooks, tests, magazines, menus, and other documents or materials that are not available in Electronic format.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 22, 2013 8:16 AM

This innovation would be excllent for accessibility in school as well as the community and workplace. Refreshable Braille displays (in conjunction with text to speech) are efficient to use when a book or document is available in electronic format, however so many still remain in paper format, and inaccessible to Blind readers who need Braille. This would provide instant access! While a refreshable braille display offers access to a computer or iPad, this concept (a portableBraille Reader) would continue to provide instant access at school, in the workplace, at a restaurant, in a meeting, etc. 

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Maccessibility » Prizmo OCR App for iOS Enhances VoiceOver Support

Maccessibility » Prizmo OCR App for iOS Enhances VoiceOver Support | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

"It provides voice guidance to help position your iPhone when taking document pictures, and will find the text orientation automatically if it’s turned left, right or upside down. Prizmo’s quick capture mode provides a fast path from picture to speech synthesis for an improved workflow, and it provides a high-quality voice reader"


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, May 23, 2013 12:30 PM

This update is excellent for low vision and blind users, and benefits all users!

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OrCam - See for Yourself-Harnessing the Power of Artificial Vision

OrCam - See for Yourself-Harnessing the Power of Artificial Vision | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it
OrCam harnesses the power of Artificial Vision to compensate for lost visual abilities.

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:47 PM

This is phenomenal, innovative Assistive Technology!

"OrCam harnesses the power of Artificial Vision to compensate for lost visual abilities. OrCam is a sensor that sees what is in front of you, understands what information you seek and provides it to you through a bone-conduction earpiece. " Check out the video:http://www.orcam.com/

 

 I hope to see these demonstrated/ exhibited at the next ATIA or CSUN to try them myself and "see" how accurate they are!

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Make Math Accessible with MathJax-Free

Make Math Accessible with MathJax-Free | Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired | Scoop.it

Accessible Pages with MathJax

MathJax was designed with accessibility in mind and has several powerful features to make math easier to see and read, both for ordinary users as well as those with print and learning disabilities.  Two accessibility features, the ability to scale all math in a page or zoom in on a particular equation, are built in to MathJax.  In addition, MathJax works with MathPlayer to make math accessible to screen readers, to screen magnifiers, and to learning disability software.


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Diana Petschauer's comment, July 14, 2013 7:06 PM
And Fast Fig app-free in the Chrome Browser: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fastfig/bogefeobnkbodnohkifkjfdipjmdljkd?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon
blsewb's curator insight, July 17, 2013 8:47 AM

check out for ProEd

abraham nyarko's comment, February 14, 2014 6:17 AM
this was good
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CanPlan App for iPhone & iPad-Schedule and Planning app with Photos and Audio & a reminder- FREE!

Simple Sequencing for Accomplishing tasks for those who need assistance with planning, scheduling, task management and completion. 


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, September 11, 2013 9:17 AM

CanPlan is a phenomenal App for Students and Adults who benefit from scheduling/accomplishing tasks with supportive pictures, instructions, and audio. In addition, set a reminder so it gets done! For students in school, the community, or at home, as well as aging adults who need this support...and it's currently FREE in the itunes store!

Donna Farren's curator insight, September 12, 2013 10:49 AM

Wow this is great - wish their was an android version too!