Text to Speech Pilot Program
In January of 2009, IATP initiated a pilot program targeting high school students with significant reading disabilities. The program will follow freshman students in 4 local schools throughout their high school career. Each student received an IBM Thinkpad laptop with Read & Write Gold software installed. This technology allows printed information from textbooks to be scanned in digital format that can be listened to by the student. Features include speech maker, word prediction, scanning capabilities, fact finding tools and much more. The students and site coordinators received two days of face to face training and will participate in weekly webinars so they can become completely familiar with the software and use it with ease. IATP will gather and analyze the data and the benefits of text to speech software for the students.
Read and Write Gold Webinars
A series of Read and Write Gold training webinars are avaiable for students and teachers particpating in the Text to Speech Pilot Program. These trainings are opened in the web browser and contain a custom flash player. Please login below, then click on a training link and download the zip file. After download is complete please unzip or extract the files to a location on your computer. Once extraction of files is complete click the folder to open it and click on the "index" file to begin playing. If the file is not in zip format please download the file and open in the appropriate application.