SoftChalk Integrates ReadSpeaker's Online TTS in its Educational Software
SoftChalk, a provider of content authoring software for educators in K-12, colleges, universities, and medical programs, and ReadSpeaker, a provider of online text-to-speech solutions, have entered into a partnership that enables all SoftChalk customers to add speech to their educational content.
With ReadSpeaker, students can now click a button on a page of any lesson and have the text on the page read to them. ReadSpeaker makes the online content created with SoftChalk more accessible to students with cognitive issues, learning disabilities, and vision problems, as well as individuals who do not speak or read English as their first language. Additionally, it provides multitasking opportunities for learners and portability of content to other devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
"ReadSpeaker's online text-to-speech solution brings another dimension to SoftChalk's educational software. With ReadSpeaker, SoftChalk can now propose on-the-fly conversions of text into speech without requiring any downloads whatsoever," said Joop Heijenrath, ReadSpeaker co-founder. "The ability to have courses read aloud and highlighted at the same time helps more students access online text content."
"ReadSpeaker offers a great text-to-speech solution that enables our content to be even more flexible in addressing the varying learning styles and needs of students," said Sue Evans, co-founder and CEO of SoftChalk.