Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Using SayIt to Create Spoken Files for Students (Special Education, RTI)


One of the challenges that teachers face is the increasing amount of specialization needed in the classroom.  Often many of the students have special requirements based on a specific plan.  Technology is here to help, and using tools like SayIt, can help remove some of the stress of differentiation in a classroom.  It is a great piece of educational technology.

Students that are struggling with language, reading or are several grade levels behind, often have verbal requirements that are often a strain on classroom resources.  I have seen on several occasions a requirement written into a plan that requires the teacher to read aloud a test, text or other information to students individually.  Even though I feel that every teacher I have come into contact with has made their best attempt to meet this requirement, they often just don't have the ability to drop everything and help an individual student while keeping track of another 28 of them.

Text to speech is great, and devices have this setting built into just about every device type these days.  Sometimes for efficiency however, I recommend that you pre-record material and post for students on iTunes University, or in a website or blog.  This helps to focus students on the end goal of hearing the material rather than the often distracting obstacle of turning on the accessibility settings of the device, navigating to the material and then listening.  Essentially my philosophy is to get students to the material as quickly as possible, and I believe a little up front work with a tool like SayIt, does just that.

Why I like it:

This application is easy to use, and produces quick results.  Very little pre-requisite knowledge needed.

How you could use it:

You can use this app to pre-record just about any section of text and create an audio file that the student can utilize later.  Students could also learn to utilize this in the creation of media materials for presentations.

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