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Comox Valley School District
Text to Speech

Support for Reading and Writing use the school photocopier to send an electronic document to a student to complete on a device. 

Poster Support for Reading and Writing.pdf

Sending electronic documents from a photocopier.pdf

Adding an address to the photocopier.pdf​​



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                          COMPUTER ​

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IPAD
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There are many Text To Speech extensions available for Chrome. Access to them is changing all the time. Since they are free, it is hard to keep track of which ones to use. To search for extensions to add to Google Chrome Go to the Chrome webstore . Type 'Text to Speech' in the search bar to see which ones are available. 

At this time, the SD71 is not installing any of these extensions district wide but you are able to add them for individual students or staff. 

See the  Comparison of Text to Speech Extensions  chart (to the right) to know which ones work with different options. There are some tip sheets for some of the extensions (to the right).

  • Extensions only work in Google Chrome Browser            
  • Text to speech for reading web content 
  • Either Select text and click icon to listen; or right-click selected text and choose extension from the list to listen
  • Most have an adjustable Speech rate 

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Comparison of Text to Speech Extension options for Google Chrome.pdf

Chrome-Text-To-Speech-TIP Sheet.pdf


Chrome-SpeakIt!-TIP Sheet .pdf

SpeakIt! Video

SETBC Chrome Resources​ 
   Speak Selection and Speak Screen ​   Built in Accessiblity Feature in iOS on  iDevices
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  • Text-to-speech for reading web content or any apps with text capability 
  • Reads selected text aloud or entire selected screen
  • Must be turned on in Settings (General -- Accessibility)
  • Speak Selection activated by tapping the word you want to start reading at and dragging the blue dot over the text to be read aloud then tapping speak
  • Speak Screen activated by flicking down with two fingers from top of screen
  • Words may be highlighted (tracked) as spoken 
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SPEAK SELECTION iPAD_Internet_TASK CARD.pdf

Turning on Speak Selection and Speak Screen Video

SETBC iOS Accessiblity Resources 
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PowerPoint, One Note Office 2010, 2013, 2016

  • Text-to-speech add in for MS Word, PowerPoint, One Note (needs to be added for each login)
  • Select text, click Speak icon in your Quick Access Tool Bar, listen 
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  • Can change voice and speech rate in Text to Speech Settings in Control Panel
                 
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​​Adding the Speak Add in to Office 2016 Word, Outlook, PPT, OneNote Tip sheet.docx



​​Immersive Reader in Office 365 
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  • ​All staff and students have access to Office 365 on computers and mobile devices online through the portal  (Utilities Link> Office 365)
  • Open a Word or OneNote document and select Edit Document> Edit in Browser > View tab > Immersive Reader 
  • Text to Speech with word tracking, can change the voice speed and language
  • To change to French select some text and right click > set proofing language> French 
  •  Can change Text size, fonts, spacing and themes
  • Can select Parts of Speech and syllables to help with Comprehension and Decoding 
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Immersive Reader in Office 365.pdf

How to use Immersive Reader and Learning Tools in Word Online​
​​Immersive Reader in Office 365
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  • ​All staff and students have access to Office 365 on computers and mobile devices online through the portal  (Utilities Link> Office 365)
  • Open a Word or OneNote document and select Edit Document> Edit in Browser > View tab > Immersive Reader 
  • Text to Speech with word tracking, can change the voice speed and language
  • To change to French select some text and right click > set proofing language> French 
  •  Can change Text size, fonts, spacing and themes
  • Can select Parts of Speech and syllables to help with Comprehension and Decoding 



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Immersive Reader with Word Online in Office 365 -TIP Sheet.pdf

Immersive Reader in French in Office 365.pdf

​​How to use Immersive Reader and Learning Tools in Word Online​
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Works with Office 365 office 365.JPG in SD 71
not Google Products (GSuite)
 
  • ​Installed on all computers in SD71
  • Tool Bar with the following supports 
    • ​​Word prediction
    • Hover Speech
    • Dictionary (with Text -to-Speech)
    • Picture Dictionary
    • Text to Speech
    • Screenshot Reader
    • Speech Maker
    • Screen Masking
    • Speech Input (Speech to Text)
    • Translator
    • 4 Highlighters 
    • ​​Collect Highlights​​
    • ​Vocabulary Builder 
    • Simplify Page 
    • Practice Reading Aloud 
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ReadWrite for Google Chrome in Office 365 Quick Reference Guide 2217.pdf

Read Write Chrome Login poster.pdf

ReadWrite Chrome Changing Language settings.pdf

Read&Write Training Materials
*In SD71 we are using Office 365 instead of Google Products GSuite

Read and Write replacing apps and extensions Poster.pdf

Read and Write Toolbar Chrome Poster.pdf

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Installed on all computers in SD 71​
Resources on how to use and implement Kurzweil ​

Kurzweil Scanning in French.pdf