Text to audio conversion, especially highlighting words as read
Meegenius – Reads books while highlighting words http://www.meegenius.com/ it will publish books to load on itunes. Students who are learning LOTE can listen to or read a story and translate it into the language they are learning. For computers, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Reads stories aloud while highlighting words http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/onlinestory.htm#talk
11 tools to help reading http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/01/22/the-best-websites-to-help-beginning-readers/
http://www.speakaboos.com/ and http://www.storylineonline.net/index.html listen, record your own
Make your own word by word audio books that highlight text using PowerPoint http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/techtorial/techtorial060.pdf
Controversy – ipad / ereader http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/03/ipad-ebook-features/
Bookshare http://www.bookshare.org/ Software – Read:OutLoud 6.0 http://www.donjohnston.com/offers/rol6tutorials/read_word_by_word.html and http://www.donjohnston.com/products/rol_bookshare/
Review Browsealoud and Roktalk http://clearhelper.wordpress.com/category/text-to-speech/ BrowseAloud http://www.browsealoud.com/page.asp?pg_id=80004 will read websites out to you and highlight words as they are read out.
WordTalk Only supports Microsoft Word http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/Home/
• Highlights text as it is read.
• Supports SAPI 5 voices, e.g., Heather, Daniel etc.
• Saves text to audio format, e.g., MP3.
• Audio support for spell checking and thesaurus.
• Reads text from cursor or with keyboard shortcuts.
Help Read is a free text to speech reader that works with documents, email and web pages, which you download and save to your computer. You can adjust the voice pitch, volume and speed and have the programme highlight words as they are read. www.pixi.com/~reader1/allbrowser/
Natural Reader is a free text to speech reader that can download to your computer. Reads text from documents, email and web pages,can adjust the voice pitch, volume and speed and have the programme highlight words as they are read. You don’t have to paste text in, just highlight it and click on the reader. Reader can appear as a ‘floating’ tool on your word processing or web page. www.naturalreaders.com/free_version.htm
Itunes has books that have audio and highlighting video example http://disneydigitalbooks.go.com/?cmp=ddb_hp_redirect_extl and these could be loaded on the netbooks http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/kindle/id302584613?mt=8
Daisy http://www.daisy.org/education video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJwBdVr_1LM Daisy is free and can be added to Microsoft . Australia http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/info.aspx?page=1987 and http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/info.aspx?page=594 Convert openoffice to Daisy http://blogs.sun.com/GullFOSS/entry/odt2daisy_create_daisy_digital_talking and word http://www.daisy.org/project/save-as-daisy-microsoft-word-add-in
Past from this blog on conversion tools