Richmond, Virginia, U.S. / Uppsala (Sweden) – November 22, 2011– SoftChalk, a leading provider of content authoring software for educators in K-12, colleges, universities and medical programs, and ReadSpeaker®, the leader in online text-to-speech solutions, have entered into a partnership that enables all SoftChalk customers to add high quality speech to their educational content.
With SoftChalk, educators can create professional, engaging, learning content quickly and easily, which enhances their teaching and improves the learning experience for their students.
With ReadSpeaker, students can now click a button on a page of any lesson and have the text on the page read to them. ReadSpeaker makes the online content created with SoftChalk more accessible to students with cognitive issues, learning disabilities, and vision problems, as well as individuals who do not speak or read English as their first language. Additionally, it provides multi-tasking opportunities for learners and portability of content to other devices such as smartphones and tablets.
"ReadSpeaker's online text-to-speech solutions bring another dimension to SoftChalk’s educational software. With ReadSpeaker, SoftChalk can now propose on-the-fly conversions of text into speech without requiring any downloads whatsoever," says Joop Heijenrath, ReadSpeaker Co-Founder and responsible for ReadSpeaker's business operations outside of Europe. "The ability to have courses read aloud and highlighted at the same time helps more students access online text content.”
“ReadSpeaker offers a great text-to-speech solution that enables our content to be even more flexible in addressing the varying learning styles and needs of students,” said Sue Evans, co-founder and CEO of SoftChalk.
To learn more about the integration, please register to attend the upcoming webinar (Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11:00AM EST). This webinar will feature Georgia Virtual School and their use of the ReadSpeaker integration within SoftChalk to address diversity.
ReadSpeaker® is the worldwide leader in online text to speech. In 1999, ReadSpeaker pioneered the first-ever speech-enabling application for websites. Today, the company’s web-based text-to-speech services are used by thousands of websites/mobile apps and millions of users worldwide every month. ReadSpeaker speech-enables online content on the fly in 35 languages and 90 voices. The company provides a portfolio of web-based text-to-speech solutions for websites, mobile sites, mobile apps, RSS feeds, online documents and forms, as well as online campaigns. More than 5000 corporate, media, government, and nonprofit customers around the world use ReadSpeaker online text-to-speech solutions. For more information, visit http://www.readspeaker.com.
About SoftChalk, LLC
SoftChalk, LLC is an award-winning provider of e-learning software for worldwide education and business institutions. Specializing in the development of intuitive, easy-to-use tools, SoftChalk products allow instructors to create powerful and professional-looking content for e-learning and smart classrooms in K-12, higher education and corporate training. For more information, visit http://www.softchalk.com.