Web 2.0 Wednesday – iSpeech

 

I learned about this handy tool from a fellow STAR DEN member Fred Delventhal aka Riptide FurseiSpeech allows you to “read with your ears”. iSpeech will convert text to speech with a click of a mouse for free and it doesn’t use one of those bad computer voices. There’s no software to download and the results can be embedded on a blog or webpage.  iSpeech supports the following file and webpage formats: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Rich Text File, Blogs, RSS news feeds, hypertext markup language (DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, PDF, RTF, HTML). If you do put in a blog address it will convert everything including headings and items in the sidebars. I would suggest that you copy and past only the text you want converted. This isn’t just a tool for teachers, think how this could simplify research for struggling readers. I’m even going to put a link to iSpeech on my blog. Check out iSpeech and let us know how it works for you.

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