Text-to-speech feature coming to Wixie summer 2019

Posted by Danielle Abernethy on Jun 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Wixie is more accessible than ever before. Not only does it work on more devices, like phones, it includes powerful new features like text-to-speech. Text-to-speech makes written information accessible to a wider range of learners.

Text-to-speech is a program that converts text into a spoken voice. In the new Wixie, coming this summer, the Wixie editor will show a text-to-speech icon on the left side of all text boxes. Users can click this icon to have the computer read the text to them.

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So what’s the big buzz about?  

Text-to-speech empowers students to actively review and edit their work.

Students can use text-to-speech to hear the words they have written. Listening to their writing helps them more easily identify unclear phrases, misspelled words, and confusing sentence formation.

  • Students can more easily hear missed punctuation and understand why it is useful.
  • As they listen to the flow of their writing, students can adjust word choice and structure.

Text-to-speech supports student comprehension.

Auditory learners, and learners with visual and reading limitations, can use text-to-speech to listen to information over and over to aid in comprehension.

  • Non-readers can hear text they are unable to read on their own.
  • Listening to text as they read it provides an important scaffold for emerging readers.

Text-to-speech supports second-language learning.

Using text-to-speech benefits comprehension, fluency, and pronunciation for second-language learners.

  • Language learners can listen to pronunciation of challenging words like phone or thyme.
  • Listening to their writing, helps them hear errors in word order or sentence construction.

Using the text-to-speech tools in Wixie empowers a wide range of students to edit their writing and work independently.

Topics: Wixie, text-to-speech

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