Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Speak it! Text to Speech

Works with:  iPad, iPhone, iPod
Price:  $1.99
Curriculum areas:  Language (English), Math, Science, Social Studies (incl. History/Geography), PhysEd/Health, Special Education
Strengths:  Reading, Writing
Grades:  Kindergarten, Primary (Gr. 1 - 3), Junior (Gr. 4 - 6), Intermediate (Gr. 7-10), Senior (Gr. 11 - 12)
Description:  This is an assistive technology app that allows users to copy text from any other app (i.e. browser, text editor, etc.) and have it read to them. 

Although this feature is built in to the iPad 2, using it demands modifying how you interact with the iPad (i.e. use different numbers of fingers to open apps, etc.).

The four built in voices are pretty good and you can change the voice volume and speed.
Initial usefulness rating: 2

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