The ReadSpeaker Blog

October is Health Literacy Month

We are halfway through October, but there’s still time to address health literacy, in honor of Health Literacy Month. This dedicated month was established in 1999 by Helen Osborne, M.Ed., OTR/L, a clinician and president of Health Literacy Consulting, and is designed to promote the importance of understandable health information for both organizations and individuals. […]

The Internationalization of Education

Globalization impacts all areas of life, from what we buy to what we watch on television. Globalization has also made it easier to travel, spending vacations or short periods of residency in countries other than where we were born. Previously, living in another country for a period of study was something done by the wealthy, […]

3 Examples of Content Distribution Tools

In the digital age, text-based content alone is not enough to satisfy the media consumer. The rise of powerful mobile devices with high-speed Internet access allows users to consume every type of content, on demand, anywhere they go. If you want to appeal to users nowadays, you need to offer variety in media content delivery. That […]

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 […]