Transforming written text into audio supports learning by activating different parts of a learner's brain for comprehension. Providing tools so learners can choose to listen to a text supports individual strengths and needs. Using text-to-speech programs may also help promote learner autonomy for older students.
Watch how text-to-speech software helps students who struggle with reading. By using this audio support, these students are able to show that they comprehend complex reading material.
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Learn how developers of Read&Write for Google used text-to-speech software in combination with other features to provide multisensory support for reading and understanding a text. Providing the ability to highlight words for an audio pronunciation with an accompanying visual activates verbal and visual Working Memory. Highlighting the spoken word in a different color from the yellow highlighted sentence strengthens Visual Processing skills through tracking.
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