Thursday, October 13, 2011

Text to Speech (TTS) – Revisited

Have you ever used a text-to-speech function either on your computer operating system or via freeware? You might rethink how you have used it in the past or think about using it now after you read this blog. Text to speech (TTS) is a functionality that serves many purposes. The primary purpose of TTS is for accessibility – assisting those with low vision, blindness, or dyslexia; although TTS may serve us all with a multiplicity of outcomes. For example, you might consider selecting a block of text and have the TTS application read it back to you as your personal narrator helping you edit.

You might also use TTS to read blocks of text you have posted to your online course to better understand how students using screen readers will interact and understand your text. You may find that context or meaning is lost as a TTS reader stumbles over technical words. This will assist you in writing cleaner text enabling all students the ability to have a clear understanding of the subject matter.

I have heard others who extol the TTS function as a way to proofread their work when the services of an editor are unaffordable or unavailable. You might also consider asking students to use the TTS tool as a way to proofread their work before submitting it for grade. We often overlook errors – the TTS application may help students catch simple errors that will result in their earning a higher grade. Regardless of how you use TTS, the possibilities are numerous and often overlooked.

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