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Read&Write Chrome and OrbitNote can now speak with Scottish and Gaelic voices!

Posted by Paul Nisbet on the 25th October, 2023

Category Text-to-Speech Dyslexia

Read&Write for Google Chrome and OrbitNote for Chromebooks now have more Scottish voices plus the Ceitidh Gaelic voice. The voices are available in the free version of Read&Write as well as the Premium version.

Making the most of Microsoft Word to Support Learners with Literacy Difficulties

Posted by Craig Mill on the 7th September, 2023

Category Dyslexia Text-to-Speech

This one hour workshop will explore a range of built-in tools to support literacy.

A true story of a dyslexic learner's journey - from primary to National 5s

Posted by Craig Mill on the 7th February, 2023

Category Dyslexia Text-to-Speech

This is a true story about a learning journey that revolves around a pupil who was identified as dyslexic when she was in primary school. The story involves Anna (not her real name) a pupil in p5, her mum, her teachers, the local authority and the involvement of CALL Scotland.

The hidden reading support gem in Windows

Posted by Craig Mill on the 17th January, 2023

Category Dyslexia Text-to-Speech

This guide explores the speech tool which is part of Windows Magnifier. It explains where to find it and how it can be used.

The benefits of word prediction to support learners with writing difficulties

Posted by Craig Mill on the 11th January, 2023

Category Dyslexia Text-to-Speech

Word prediction or predictive text offers suggested words and phrases which closely match the first few letters that have been typed. It can help to reduce the number of keystrokes, by predicting the word you are typing, and the next word based on word frequency and context of what is being typed.

Using Select to Speak with a Scottish voice on a Chromebook

Posted by Craig Mill on the 24th November, 2022

Category Text-to-Speech

The online natural text-to-speech voices on the Chromebook have improved in recent years. The 'Select to speak' tool, gives learners the option to hear the text on the screen and highlight parts of the text to improve focus. Google is increasingly rolling out more natural voices, including v...

The Best Free Windows Software to Support Reading

Posted by Craig Mill on the 10th November, 2022

Category Text-to-Speech Dyslexia

In this article I consider the advantages and disadvantages of Immersive Reader and highlight some free alternatives.  The popularity of built-in tools such as Immersive Reader (IM) and Read Aloud in Microsoft Word, Edge, Teams and OneNote can make a big difference to support learners with...

Scottish Digital Literacy Week 2022

Posted by Shirley Lawson on the 7th October, 2022

Category Text-to-Speech Dyslexia

The first ever Scottish Digital Literacy Week is being held from 3rd to 7th October, 2022.  Education Scotland’s Digital Skills Teams have a packed schedule of fun and informative sessions throughout the week focussing on a wide range of topics. What is Digital Literacy? Scottish Educati...

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