I had a request last week from Ms. Academic Counsellor, asking if there was any text to voice apps she could recommend to students who have learning disabilities. I told her I would l look into it and get back to her.
Well, it turns out that I didn’t have to look any further than the setting on my iPad:
Go to settings–>accessibility–> speak selection.
Choose which language you would like in voices (they include French and Spanish!):
Adjust the rate of speech, turn on the highlight words function and then select the text you would like to have spoken out loud:
Students can plug in their headphones and listen to the text. This is especially helpful with students who have trouble reading. They can slow down the speech, pause it to take notes, listen to it over again.
I can also see a use for it in language classes. I tried the French voice and though it said it was French Canada (it wasn’t) the voice had a nice, crisp accent.
However, if you are not happy with this built-in feature, you can check out this article that highlights a few text to voice apps.