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Created on Friday, 29 January 2016. Posted by Paul Nisbet

On 19th January, Ceitidh, the world's first Scottish Gaelic Computer Voice, was officially launched by Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu. Representatives from the funders (Scottish Government, SQA, Scottish Fundin...

Created on Monday, 30 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

NB: Gaelic version first and then English version below it. Fàilte gu Ceitidh – a’ chiad Guth Gàidhlig airson Coimpiutair! Audio sample of last phrase spoken: Tha a’ chiad Guth Coimpiutair airson Gàidhlig na h-Alba ri fhaighinn a-nise! Chaidh an guth a chrutha...

Created on Friday, 27 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

When you are using speech recognition software, it's important to keep the microphone a consistent distance away from your mouth. One of the best ways of doing that is to use a headset microphone. However, most of the headset mics have got a cable attached which means that you are tethered to yo...

Created on Tuesday, 17 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Technology is replacing the use of readers and scribes in schools - but not quickly enough. Too many learners do not have access to technology or to digital learning resources, and are being taught to rely on staff to read to them or write for them. On Saturday I ran a workshop at the National ...

Created on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Barrington Stoke, who publish excellent books for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers, have released Tints, an app that lets you buy digital versions of some of their titles. Barrington Stoke have not published digital versions of their titles before because they have significant concerns ...

Created on Friday, 09 October 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Earlier this week colleagues commented that the Stuart computer voice pronounces some words incorrectly - "cereal" and "lasagne" were mentioned and sure enough, these words do sound weird. It is possible to change the pronunciation of individual words, and so we are looking ...

Created on Tuesday, 22 September 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

If you are working with learners who have difficulty writing or spelling, you need to learn about speech recognition. Speech recognition software is now much, much better that it was in the past, and it's also built in free to mobiles and tablets. If you've tried it before but not had much s...

Created on Tuesday, 08 September 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

As is often the case with projects, there has been a bit of slippage in the development timetable of the Scottish Gàidhlig computer voice. Three quarters of the recording are complete, the first 'build' has been created by CereProc, and the recording should be finished by the end o...

Created on Monday, 20 July 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

It seems that IVONA MiniReader, the free text reader we liked for reading digital exams, is no longer available for download. I've therefore spent the afternoon reminding myself of some alternatives - and thanks to Abi James and Jean Hutchins of the BDA Technology group for sharing som...