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How do Students React to Enhanced Learning?

This is post #3 of 5 in the series “Enhancing the Learning Experience” If you look back at your own education history, there’s a good chance that, somewhere down the line, a piece of technology was introduced that you just had to see for yourself. Depending on when you were in school, this could have […]

Learning Styles, Differentiated Instruction, and Interactivity in Education

This is post #2 of 5 in the series “Enhancing the Learning Experience” Accessibility is a welcome necessity in modern education, but there is also more to the story of how technology and education interact. For many contemporary educators, differentiated instruction has become the preferred way to teach a class. Differentiated instruction is a method […]

Education and Accessibility

This is post #1 of 5 in the series “Enhancing the Learning Experience” Put simply, accessibility in education is about making information readily available and easy to digest for all types of students. In the past, students with learning disabilities or physical impairments were typically sent to a special classroom, separated from their fellow students. […]

Making a computer talk

The most common approach for making a computer talk is to record an actor reading a text and then to reuse small clips of the speech recordings to create new sentences. One might think that the actor simply reads all the words of a language and that the computer then simply strings these recordings together when […]

Giving a Voice to the Internet of Things

In the relatively recent past, the only devices capable of connecting to the internet were computers. This, in its own right, was a marvel at the time, but few could have imagined just how diverse connected devices were to become. Today, there is an entire Internet of Things – everyday devices which are interconnected with […]

Enhancing the learning experience – News from the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

At the 2013 iNACOL Blended Blended and Online Learning Symposium, the two hottest topics of discussion were enhancing the learning experience and mLearning. The world of content consumption is changing rapidly, and those changes are being reflected in the blended and online learning options offered by educational institutions. For many years, most students would learn […]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Speech-Enabling Websites

Adding richness and depth to a visitor’s experience helps any company’s or organization’s online presence. With so many innovations adopted in the last few years, many companies are scrambling to make their website and message stand out from their competition. One way that companies and organizations are making their online presence something different is by […]

Opening up the API door!

It is about time we make our technology easier available for the development community! In the last 14 years, we have been focusing very much on developing and offering packaged web services with a defined set of features and benefits for the end users. The end user has, and will continue to be, our main […]

Q&A with Bracknell Forest Council

Bracknell Forest is one of the larger local authorities within the County of Royal Berkshire, located around one hour west of London. The Bracknell Forest Council has been speech-enabling its website with ReadSpeaker for the last two-and-a-half years. I spoke with Colin Stenning, Bracknell Forest Council Website Manager, about online text to speech, accessibility, and […]

Speech as a Service

For the content owner in any type of organization, getting your content in front of a maximum number of users is an ongoing battle. While there are several marketing options to extend the reach of your content, many content owners overlook some of the other tools available. There are many groups of users who can […]