What is the best technology available for students to use while researching on the internet when they can’t read the articles they find. I am not looking for something as elaborate as Kurzweil - I want it to basically read to them while they research on the internet.
What you are looking for is a speech synthesis program, which is a category of software or hardware that converts text to artificial speech. Kurzweil actually provides a variety of programs, some more complex than others. There are also several other companies that provide similar products. The Tech Matrix provides you a brief description of several such products, side-by-side comparisons, and links to the product site for further details. By exploring the pros and cons of each product you may be able to select the one that best meets your needs.