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How about text to speech technology


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Joined: Aug 04, 2010
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Posted Aug 04, 2010 at 3:56:09 AM
Subject: How about text to speech technology

From my teaching experiences, the students like to use text to speech software as a learning tool, for example, the software of Panopreter Plus ( http://www.panopreter.com ). whenever they don't know how to pronounce a word, they will run the software and type in the word or phrase on the window, then Microsoft Anna on Windows 7 will read it aloud. It has other advanced features, it enables user to create mp3 audio books too. I have tried other similar ones, but this one is very simple to use, but powerful.

I want to know what's your point of view of this assistive technology. Thanks!

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dhfl143
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Posted:Aug 07, 2010 8:30:51 PM

eteacher -- Could you clarify something for me? Does the software make an mp3 of highlighted text that is then saved and stored on the user's computer? Do you have to highlight the text that you wish to have read?

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eteacher
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Posted:Aug 15, 2010 6:35:14 AM

The software mentioned can convert text to mp3 audio file, the text can be inputted by the user or extracted from a text based file such as word document, text file, web page or pdf file. The result mp3 file will be saved on the computer's hard disk.

While Panopreter Plus is reading the text aloud, the word or sentence being read will be highlighted. you don't need to highlight the text that you wish to have read. However, when Panopreter toolbar for Internet Explorer reads the web page aloud, user can select and highlight the text, then only the selected text will be read aloud.

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eteacher
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Posted:Sep 18, 2010 12:10:45 AM

I think it promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they formerly had great difficulty to accomplish. It's a convenient and effective learning tool.

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