Convert any digital text (online or files) into spoken text with a variety of voices and save as a WAV file. Supports students' engagement with text and boosts listening and reading comprehension.
The Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader application reads documents out loud, e-books, standard Windows dialog boxes, clipboard contents (for emails and web text), and incoming instant messages on AOL, AIM, ICQ and MSN Messenger clients. In addition to speaking text out loud, this program is able to write audio data directly to Windows WAV files. You can convert all your documents and e-books into WAV files and then burn them to audio CDs or convert them into MP3 files. Ultra Hal TTS Reader has several high quality voices to choose from and gives you control over speed, pitch, and volume.
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its display encourages exploration and learning. Available both as a desktop version and a web version. Additional features of Visual Thesaurus include Spelling Bee and Vocab Grabber. Spelling Bee: User is challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to the user's individual skill level.
VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context. Just copy text from a document and paste it into the box, and then click on the "Grab Vocabulary!" button. VocabGrabber will automatically create a list of vocabulary from your text, which you can then sort, filter, and save. Select any word on the list and you'll see a snapshot of the Visual Thesaurus map and definitions for that word, along with examples of the word in your text.
Use this program to plan and organize knowledge and ideas by brainstorming about what you have read. The cards can be moved and re-ordered. Each question card can then be connected to several answer cards, creating an organization of ideas and helping students with reading.
Use Audible to find and download spoken audio books, information, educational programming, and other spoken media (radio, TV programs, magazines and newspapers). Audible audio files are compatible with many audio players, mobile phones and streaming media devices, files can also be downloaded using Windows PC or Macintosh computers, and burned to a CD. Using the Audible App allows the user to download, play and store multiple titles on their mobile device. Various subscription levels and pricing are available.
EasyReader for Windows is a reading app designed for people with dyslexia, low vision or blindness. Users can listen to human narrated titles or add audio to text only editions. Includes options to browse, download and read titles from RNIB, Bookshare, NLS Bard, and Vision Australia.
SimpleMind is a cross-platform mind mapping tool that allows users to organize thoughts and ideas in multiple maps; users can also add media such as images, videos, and voice recordings to their mind maps.