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vozMe

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Bare-bones text-to-audio conversion tool offers no extras.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids can learn how to say words in other languages, if they can type them. The site also can help them listen to text to perceive it in a different way. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

The site will read swear words like "s--t" and "f--k" if kids enter them. However, users can't store files on the site, so kids won't find any recordings with bad words.

Consumerism

Google ad links appear on MP3 download pages.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary
  • phonics
  • speaking

Skills

Self-Direction

  • personal growth

Communication

  • listening
  • speaking

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary
  • phonics
  • speaking

Skills

Self-Direction

  • personal growth

Communication

  • listening
  • speaking

Kids can learn how to pronounce words they enter in Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Catalan, and English, which can help new readers and students learning another language. Kids also can copy and paste things they've written and make edits based on how a piece sounds when read aloud, and they can watch the playing time to estimate the length of a speech. Students with different learning and linguistic backgrounds may benefit from hearing text instead of only seeing it. However, without much feedback or other learning-based content, vozMe has limited educational value.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

VozMe is a no-frills site that converts user-entered text into MP3s. You can choose a male or a female voice and listen to it or save the file to your computer. A browser bookmarklet lets you highlight text you'd like to hear on a Web page. VozMe has very little content, and the narration sounds fairly computerized, so it may not help kids understand elements such as intonation or cadence. However, ESL learners and other kids who'd benefit from simply being able to hear phrases may find the site useful.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
The site's text-to-speech function is its main selling point; vozMe doesn't provide any other information or activities. Users can key in and listen to words, phrases, and longer passages in Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Catalan, and English. Kids learning one of those languages may find vozMe beneficial. However, they'll need to be able to type (and spell) any words they'd like to hear; there’s no translation option. Struggling readers and other kids who would benefit from entering text or highlighting Web page content and hearing it read aloud also could potentially use the site to strengthen their reading and pronunciation skills. 

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?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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