Saturday, July 17, 2010

New tools make online courses easier to access

Florida Virtual Schools announced built-in text-to-speech reader and other tools will be be made available for online students. FLVS courses will be updated to include a toolbar with read-aloud functionality, as well as study skills tools, a dictionary, English to Spanish translation, and a research tool for conducting web searches on any selected word. The read-aloud functionality allows students to click on a sentence to hear the content read aloud. As students hear a word read aloud, the word is simultaneously highlighted on the screen. These new technology tools will benefit online students especially the students with learning challenges.

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