What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Speak it! Text to Speech translates typed words (emails, Word documents, messages typed directly into the app, and more) into an audio voice. It's as easy as typing in words that you want the app to say for you, or cutting and pasting other people's words you want to hear. There are four voices to choose from for narrators: an American male or female and British male or female. Speak it! Text to Speech is so innovative, easy, and accurate that it could be the go-to tool for people who prefer listening over reading, need a device to speak for them, want to send messages via voice, or have limited vision.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- writing clearly
- conveying messages effectively
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Design is super-simple, which is good for clarity but not so much for fun. The level of engagement will depend largely on the content being entered into and spoken by the app.
Communication skills are baked into this app as kids listen to text spoken aloud; they'll be empowered as they absorb info in a way that works for them.
Settings help users adjust the volume, font, voice, and speed to individualize the experience. The Help/FAQ is adequate, and the app provides helpful pop-up windows at various times during use.
What's it about?
Users simply type the desired words or phrases and press "Speak It!," and the selected voice speaks it aloud. Users can save personalized phrases for later playback if it's something they want to say or hear often. If the user wants to hear an email, article, or document, they simply select the text in the document and copy it, and then go to the app, tap on Text, hold until paste appears to enter the text. Users can also customize font size, voice volume, and voice speed, which is especially important for users with limited sight or hearing.
Is it any good?
Depending upon why you're using SPEAK IT! TEXT TO SPEECH, it can either simply be an incredibly convenient way to listen to emails or articles while getting other work done, or it can be a truly life-changing tool for people with difficulty reading or speaking. The user interface is simple, and the accuracy of the text pronunciation is tremendously high. It would be nice if Speak it! Text to Speech could link directly with other apps and grab text from articles or emails, for example, rather than requiring users to cut and paste. Other than that one moderate suggestion, there's nothing here to find fault with. Highly recommended.
Families can talk about...
Try all four of the voice options to find out which one your kid finds easiest to understand.
Use the settings to adjust volume, font size, and voice speed to optimize playback according to your kid's preferences.