?Value of software tools in the classroom?

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  1. JohnGL

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    Dec 3, 2002

    What value, if any, do you think text-to-speech applications have in the classroom? That is software that will read books, newspapers, etc. to children while at the computer?
     
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  3. Maxine

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    text to speech

    Dear JohnGL,
    Any method in which the child can see the pattern of letters that form the words at the same time the child hears the sounds is teaching reading. The parent reads aloud, the child follows along. The teacher reads aloud, they follow along. The tape/book combo is played, they follow. The computer speaks to them and the screen allows them to follow along. Same idea, different format. However, when you read as a parent, you can gauge the level of comprehension by the child's reactions. When you read aloud to students in a classroom, you can assess the level of comprehension in many ways to accomodate learning styles. When they are alone with the book and tape, you can only tell whether they comprehended the story by discussing the book later or by using another form of informal assessment. Therefore, if the computer is able to assess the comprehension of the individual student in a satisfactory manner, it is acceptable. If the method of assessment is the same as what is done after the tape/book experience, the judgement is by the teacher. If the computer screen issues the assessment, and it is not cutting edge with the ability to interpret an oral response, but instead relies on keyed responses to written questions or even oral questions, you are focusing the assessment on keyboard literacy along with comprehension. If you trust the method of assessment, then you can judge the effectiveness of the learning method. maxine
     

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