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    Created on Tuesday, 26 January 2021. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Last Friday a teacher asked if we knew how to read mathematical expressions with Immersive Reader. Here's how it can be done. The question: We are looking for an alternative to PDF for Mathematics papers as we have a number of pupils who rely on use of Immersive Reader. At the moment they are s...

    Created on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

    Most Android phones and tablets have a built-in text-to-speech facility, known as Select to Speak, that can be used to help people with reading difficulties listen to text from the screen. However, Select to Speak has shortcomings so it cannot be relied on as a general purpose text-to...

    Created on Monday, 24 February 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Amanda Warren, who is a Dyslexia Tutor, has written a fascinating post about how Immersion Reading has opened up books and reading for her son, who is dyslexic. Amanda writes that her son was diagnosed with dyslexia, poor working memory and extremely slow processing at age 10. In school he has been ...

    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...