Using Free Mac Text to Speech to Edit Student Writing

For many students it is a struggle to edit ones own writing
– if it is even done at all.  We all tend
to read what we have written the way we meant to write it, and it’s easy to
scan over misspelt words, word omissions, improper word choices and more.   Typos like “form” instead of “from,” will
never be detected by a spell check and these types of mishaps can be very
difficult to notice.  However, activating
text to speech on the Mac, can really help with the editing process.
What is Text to Speech?
Text to speech is an assistive technology device that allows
the writer to highlight text and with a simple command, the computer will read
your writing aloud.  It uses computerized speech, but there are a couple voices that are quite realistic.  


How Can I Use This Technology on My Mac?

  1. Go to system preferences.
  2. Select “Dictation and Speech” which offers
    a microphone icon.
  3. Select a “System Voice” (my personal favorite is Alex), and pick a speaking rate by sliding the icon between slow-fast.
  4. Select the check box next to “Speak selected text when the key is pressed.”
  5. Select the “Change Key” button and make your
    preferred selection.  Let me suggest using the control key and the letter s).
  6. Now, select the text that you want the computer
    to read and hold down the control key while selecting the letter S.

What Else Can I Use Text to Speech for?

If you find text on the Internet, and you would like your
computer to read it to you, all you have to do is highlight the desired text and hit the
control key while selecting the letter s.  You can also use this to edit your emails.  I do it all the time.
I hope you find  this helpful!

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