A Great New Way to Use Audio in Your Classroom
We’re excited to introduce our newest audio feature: Text-to-Speech! You’ll find Text-to-Speech in addition to our beloved Audio Read-Alouds for stories, articles, and poems in each issue.
Great question! Our Audio Read-Alouds are the stories your students love, read and recorded by us here at Scholastic. They’re often read by the author of the story, creating a fantastic author-reader connection. Teachers tell us these Read-Alouds are great for students to listen to while they read along in their print magazines (and help save teachers’ vocal cords as well!).
When using Text-to-Speech, students have the story read aloud to them by an automated voice while they follow along in the digital version of the story. Students can control the speed of the reading, and each word is highlighted as it is read. This is among the new features this year that will be powerful in building fluency, particularly in developing readers and ELLs.
Start out on the Story tab of any article page to see the Text-to-Speech option. (The Text-to-Speech will change levels automatically when you toggle between the Lexile levels.)
If you switch over to the Resources tab, you'll see the Audio Read-Alouds that are available. For the narrative nonfiction feature, you’ll also find a read-aloud in Spanish. Click the play button to start. In the Student View, the Audio Read-Alouds appear at the end of articles and stories.
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