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Experiment: Text to Voice for transcripts

In an effort to make these transcripts available to those who would normally need to use screen readers, or those who just prefer to listen to them instead of reading them, the SLER is experimenting with converting the text chat transcript to a voice enabled version.

This entire effort is the brain child of Margaret Czart (SL: Margaret Michalski).  Not only was this her idea, she is also the one who has invested the time to re-edit the written transcript to make it more listenable and taken care of the conversation and upload process, as well as putting the test web page together.  HUGE thanks to Margaret for her work on this.

As you can imaging, this work does take time.  In order to be sure that time is well invested, we are going to post the next few text-to-voice (t2v) chats here into this blog.  The purpose of this is to provide you with an opportunity to provide some feedback, which we think is really important.

If you love this idea, tell us.  If you hate this idea, tell us.  If you see or think of anything that can make it better, tell us.  No matter what your thoughts are, please tell us by responding by leaving comments below.  Even if you just write “hey, great idea” – it will let us know that there is a demand or interest in this.  We will use this feedback (and site traffic) to determine if the beta-test on this project will continue.

Here is the link, we look forward to your input.


“And Justice for All”

I am attending the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) 2009 Annual Conference and had the privilege to present with Dr. Leslie Wilson and Dr. Laura Nicosia, both from Montclair State University.

Our presentation was titled “And Justice for All: Using Artificial Environments to Create Community and Teach Diversity”. We had a large, and active group, who stuck around after we were done to continue talking to each other (and to us) about the content of the presentation. We actually had to move the conversations out into the hallway so the next presentation could get rolling. That was fine, since the coffee and fruit tarts were out there. :-)

Here is the link to the presentation. I’ve posted it here in my blog, instead of directly to my networks, to provide a place for those who are interested to be able to post comments and, perhaps, continue the dialog.