ReadSpeaker Partners with Blackboard
ReadSpeaker has forged a Signature Partnership with Blackboard, an education technology company, to provide its text-to-speech technology to students and teachers.
ReadSpeaker's Signature Partnership with Blackboard provides an important tool to promote Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Through text-to-speech technology, auditory learners can simply listen to content on-demand. In addition to benefiting those who prefer to learn by listening, text-to-speech improves accessibility for students with literacy challenges, second-language learners, students with visual impairments, and students with learning disabilities.
"Blackboard is committed to improving accessibility for our learners," said Katie Blot, senior vice president of corporate strategy and industry relations at Blackboard, in a statement. "This powerful partnership is one more way we are helping make learning more adaptable and accessible for educators and learners. We look forward to continuing to work with ReadSpeaker to bring text-to-speech to courses around the world."
Steve Moore, ReadSpeaker's general manager for North America, expects great things from the continued partnership. "We're pleased to expand our successful partnership with Blackboard...and look forward to bringing streamlined, accessible speech-enabled text to more classrooms worldwide," he said in a statement.
New interfaces and the ability to read scanned documents round out the improvements.
The speech service's online personal reader includes new text and document library capabilities.