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ReadSpeaker Celebrates International Literacy Day

In 1965, UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as International Literacy Day, which aims to highlight the importance of literacy throughout the world, on both an individual and societal level. “Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.” [Source: UNESCO] While there […]

How Educational Assessment Tools Are Evolving

Educational assessment is evolving quickly, after years of stagnation and reliance on conventional testing. Part of that evolution is due to a better understanding of differentiated instruction and learner types. It’s been recognized that there’s no one-size-fits-all type of lesson, and the results have thus far been promising. So it only makes sense that there’s […]

The Importance of Health Literacy

Health literacy is an important societal issue, currently the focus of a large number of government outreach efforts. ReadSpeaker works with government agencies worldwide to increase health literacy by providing spoken versions of online content to assist those with lower levels of literacy or other issues making it difficult for them to comprehend online content. […]

When Text to Speech Misbehaves

In our previous post, Making a computer talk, we briefly explained how Text to Speech (TTS) is made. It is worth noting that it is quite fantastic that a synthetic voice manages to read most text in a legible and near natural way. However, the better the voice, the more one tends to react when […]

Distribution of Media Content

Every advance in computer tech and internet speed drives home the point that multimedia content is here to stay. What started as a luxury in the dial-up days has quickly become a requirement, if you want to attract and retain site visitors. For media content owners that create primarily text-based content, this creates a potential […]

Tools That Help to Learn a Foreign Language

Language skills have never been more valuable than they are today, in the classroom, the workplace, and the world at large. The cultural incentive has always been strong for students who choose to learn a new language, but now the financial incentive is catching up. As technology continues to bring our world closer together, the […]

Solutions to Overcome Health Literacy Challenges

The web is packed with medical and health-related data, as a few keystrokes on any search engine will readily reveal. A gap exists, however, between the amount of data available and the amount that’s practically useful to the majority of citizens. Health literacy initiatives and government regulations aim to bridge that information gap, so individuals can […]

Customer Support Key Performance Indicators That Matter

Customer support is a key element to evaluate when choosing SaaS solutions. Making that evaluation begins with understanding which customer support key performance indicators are most instructive in determining SaaS support quality. Most of these KPIs will likely be familiar, but there are some important distinctions to keep in mind given the unique nature of […]

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Imagine living in today’s technology driven society, but without access to the technological tools that shape our daily lives. Not easy, right? Many routine, daily tasks would become needlessly difficult, and complex digital tasks would be near-impossible. For many people, this is reality, and it’s a reality that Global Accessibility Awareness Day aims to change for the better. […]

Text-to-Speech Case Study with The Virtual High School

This is post #7 of 7 in the series “The Future of Education” All this theory about text to speech is sound and practical, but how does this work with students? Storie Walsh, the director of instructional technology at the Virtual High School (VHS), is happy to explain. VHS offers schools and students online classes that […]