What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that vozMe is a simple, free website that allows users to convert text to speech. There aren't any distractions, but there's not much content, either. There's no way for kids to come into contact with other users; they simply type in words or chunks of text, choose a language, and hear the words spoken by a male or female voice. Kids also don't need to register or enter any personal information to use the site. There are more complex and visually pleasing text-to-speech sites, but vozMe works well enough.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- personal growth
Engagement, Approach, Support
VozMe isn't flashy, and its plain design isn't appealing to kids. However, the tool can help students who are learning another language or trying to pronounce a new word, or who want to hear their writing read out loud.
This website doesn't offer any lessons or feedback, so teachers will need to brainstorm ways to use it. VozMe could potentially provide help for ESL or visually impaired students, as well as help students edit their writing.
You can choose from six languages, but the only informational content on the site involves directions to add the text-to-speech function to a website. Kids can add a bookmarklet to their browsers.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
What skills does it take to learn a new language? Ask your kids how it feels to hear words as opposed to simply seeing them on the page.
How could vozMe help your child edit reports, papers, and other items? Why is it a good idea to read over what you've written?