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    Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

    Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular in Scottish schools, partly because they are relatively easy to manage and also because they turn on very quickly so there's no need to wait for the device to boot up. However, the limited range of built-in voices has been a disadvantage for learners...

    Created on Friday, 04 August 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

    Dolphin recently released their EasyReader app, a free option for reading material from existing e-book libraries on an iPad. (An Android version should be available later this year.) The app allows electronic books in a different formats to be downloaded from various online libraries and read back ...

    Created on Wednesday, 05 July 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

    While updating the Google Voice Typing page on the CALL website I came across a new feature (new to me), ‘Select to Speak’ on the latest Android operating system, Marshmallow. Select to Speak allows you to select text on the screen and hear it spoken aloud. It works on most of the Androi...

    Created on Wednesday, 11 January 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

    ATbar is a new text-to-speech program for Windows. ATbar is free and works with the Scottish voices. A benefit of ATbar is that it does not need to be installed and can be run from a USB stick/drive, providing a portable text reader.  ATbar has a clean, minimal interface with a Windows 10 look ...

    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, 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...

    Created on Wednesday, 25 February 2015. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    We are pleased to report that we have received funding to work with CereProc to develop and license a Scottish Gaelic computer voice for the Scottish public sector. CereProc are a world-class text-to-speech company based in Edinburgh and the Gaelic voice development is funded by The S...

    Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014. Posted by 

    Many pupils are now using iVona MiniReader as their main text-to-speech tool in Scottish schools. One question has come up a couple of times and it came up again in today's SQA ICT & Literacy Seminar (URL). Today's question was how to use iVona to read out a National Literacy...