Something new has appeared in the "Extras" tab on textivate...
We've added some new Text-To-Speech (TTS) functionality (using a third-party API from responsivevoice.com). It should work on all devices. (See the "Compatibility" section at the foot of this post...)
As you can see in the image above, this new feature allows you to select a language for...
- The main textivate text. (i.e. the one that is used for text activities)
- The left and right matching items.
- The parallel text. (if you have one)
Text-to-speech is optional. You can leave it off; or you can add languages to just the text; or to just the left match, or to just the right match (or to both matches); or to just the parallel text; or to everything.
If your students are using textivate to help them learn their own texts, they can also add TTS to their texts :)
(Although, as I'm sure you are aware, text-to-speech isn't always 100% perfect...)
TTS on the menu screen
If TTS languages have been specified for a resource, you should see little grey speakers appear after each paragraph of text and after each matching item.
Here is a link to the menu screen for the French resource examples provided below: http://www.textivate.com/menu-6ovjn1
N.B. If you are editing or creating a new resource, these will only appear if you are logged in to textivate.
TTS on activity screens
If TTS has been added to a resource, TTS option boxes should appear on activity screens. (Obviously, if you have a text+match resource and you have only added TTS for the text, the TTS option boxes will only appear on the text activities...).
TTS is available on all but a handful of textivate screens. The ones that don't have it are: Hangman and SpeedRead. (Also, the "no keyboard" versions of some of the activities have no TTS enabled.)
TTS in sequences
If TTS languages have been added to a resource, you should see TTS option boxes for any activities that you add to a sequence (except for those that have no TTS available; see 'TTS on activity screens' above).
You can turn TTS on and off for specific activities within a sequence. Note also the new 'switched' / 'not switched' option (as shown in the above image) available for some of the match activities, which allows you to specify which way round the match items appear in the sequence activity.
TTS specified in URLs
If TTS languages have been added to a resource, you should have the option to fine-tune link urls, embed code etc, to include TTS specification. (except for those that have no TTS available; see 'TTS on activity screens' above).
See this blog post about fine-tuning activity URLs.