Text-to-speech in action

Text-to-Speech in the Classroom

Students and educators demonstrate how text-to-speech converts digital text into speech, helping students overcome barriers related to reading and understanding text.

Length: 4 minutes 15 seconds

Learning Guide: Text-to-Speech in the Classroom PDF

This learning guide is designed for use by Professional Learning Communities, learning coaches and teacher leaders or as a self-paced study to enhance and support teacher practice in learning more about how learning technologies can support student success.

Teagan’s story

My name is Teagan.  I’m in grade four.  Before grade four, learning was boring and hard.  I felt like I couldn’t read or write good stories.  I liked the field trips because they were fun.

Now in grade four, I feel like I can read and write.  I’m proud that I can read.  I sort of like writing now because I have the laptop and it helps me with spelling and reading.

Before technology I couldn’t get my ideas out.  Sometimes my brain worked faster than my hands could write it.  Now, I feel like I can get most of my ideas written down and I don’t have to have someone help me do it.

I think some teachers think students who have trouble reading or writing are dumb or lazy.  I’m not dumb or lazy.  It just takes me longer than other people to learn new things.  I have lots of great ideas.

Teachers need to talk to students to see what would help.  Sometimes I need more time or need different work to learn the same things as other people.  People with learning differences aren’t stupid.

In my class I help other students learn.  I use (word prediction) to help me write and I teach other students how to use (word prediction).  I use (text-to-speech)to read things online so I can read all by myself.  Mrs. Peters (teaching assistant) doesn’t have to read stuff for me anymore.

I feel proud of myself and I want other students to feel proud too.