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Text-to-Speech; what is it and how can you use it to support learners with dyslexia


6th June, 2024 (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

£20 per individual.

30 minute bite-sized learning sessions.

In this 30-minute bite-sized online learning session, Craig will explain and demonstrate the basics of text-to-speech and how it can be used to support learners with dyslexia. Tex-to-speech is the simplest and most effective way to support anyone who has a reading difficulty and can be a real game changer helping learners work more independently and reduce reliance on human readers in examination and assessments.

Craig will show how to set up and use text-to-speech on different devices such as an iPad and Chromebook to enable learners to read documents, webpages, PDFs and digital books.

He will discuss and demo using different voices and adjusting the speaking rate to suit different learning needs. There are other features that can be used alongside Text-to-speech such as word and sentence colour highlighting to help with visual tracking and aid concentration. This will all be included in the whirlwind 30 minute session which will inspire you with new ideas to share with your dyslexic learners!

Can't make it on the day or in a different time zone?
Sign up and you'll also receive a video recording of the event as well as a copy of the resources.

What you'll get

A recording of the session as well as a CLPL certificate which can be directly uploaded to myGTCS Professional Update and the HCPC CPD Audit.


Maximum of 30 participants so everyone can have an interactive collegiate learning experience.


You'll need a windows, Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.


The course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card. More information further down.

Meet your presenter(s)

Craig Mill
Assistive Technology Advisor

Probably better known for developing the AccessApps, a suite of portable open source and free learning support tools that can be run from a USB drive. Craig is also the developer of the awards winning MyStudyBar - a handy tool to support learners with literacy difficulties. Craig is keeping abreast of new developments in technology, particularly technology to help overcome barriers to learning.


We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).

Preparing for the course

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