ReadSpeaker partners with Blackboard

ReadSpeaker has partnered with education technology company Blackboard to provide both educators and learners with new tools to excel in the classroom, the company said.

ReadSpeaker´s text-to-speech technology allows students to experience content on their terms, with natural voices in a broad range of widely used languages. Speech-enabled content improves accessibility, increases engagement, and provides students with a low-stress, tech-friendly study tool.

For educators, ReadSpeaker´s Signature Partnership with Blackboard provides another important tool to promote Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Every student learns in their own way, through a combination of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. The primary goal of UDL is to make learning more adaptable and accessible for all students.

Text to speech is an important pillar of UDL, as one of the most straightforward ways for auditory learners to consume content. Rather than reading through a long, challenging document, auditory learners can simply listen to content on-demand. In addition to benefiting those who prefer to learn by listening, text to speech improves accessibility for students with literacy challenges, second-language learners, students with visual impairments, and students with certain learning disabilities.

By partnering with Blackboard, ReadSpeaker brings its text-to-speech services to one of the premier platforms for online and classroom learning. Students will enjoy the flexibility and performance benefits of learning in their preferred format, while educators will have another powerful tool to bring UDL into their classrooms.

ReadSpeaker provides text-to-speech solutions. In 1999, ReadSpeaker pioneered the first-ever speech-enabling solution for websites followed by the first web-based platform for producing digital talking books.