AlphaSmart is previewing today a new writing solution for the Dana series that combines a talking word processor, Write:OutLoud To Go, with its new AlphaSmart VoiceCard, which converts text to speech.
Students simply plug the AlphaSmart VoiceCard into one of the Dana’s two SD slots and, thanks to Write:OutLoud To Go from Don Johnston Inc., listen to their written words through headphones or speakers.
This is intended to encourage students to evaluate their own writing and improve grammar and mechanics. Studies have shown that auditory feedback has a strong positive impact on students who struggle with writing.
“It’s essential that we continue to find new ways to provide the considerate supports diverse learners need to be active participants in the content areas. Write:OutLoud To Go and Dana — by delivering auditory feedback — accomplish this for so many students” said Don Johnston.
This solution will be available in November for both the Dana and Dana Wireless.