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How does the Text to Speech tool work?

We’re proud to announce the release of our Text to Speech Tool! As with most of our features, the functionality is pretty simple: you’ll now be able to have highlighted text read aloud on any page on Flocabulary. We’ve given teachers the ability to enable Text to Speech for themselves and for the students in their classes.

How do I use the Text to Speech tool?

Once you’ve enabled the Text to Speech tool (see tutorials below for how to do so), you’ll be able to highlight any text on a Flocabulary page with your cursor and click the Play Icon to have it read aloud. You can always pause what you’re reading aloud or even change the speed. Here’s a gif of it in action:

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How can I enable this tool for myself or for front-of-class use? 

Step 1: Once you’re logged into Flocabulary, head on over to “My Profile” in the drop-down on your username in the upper right-hand corner of the page:

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Step 2: Then, once you’re on the “My Profile” page, scroll down to the section titled “Text to Speech Tool for Front-of-Class” and click on “enabled.” Then, click on the “Update Profile” button to save your updates.

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Step 3: You should now see the Text to Speech Tool in the bottom-right corner of your screen, to the left of the “Feedback” button.

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Step 4: Give the tool a try! Highlight any text on the page, then click on the green play button to start playing the text aloud. You can pause and stop the playback. We’ve also given you controls to change the playback speed.

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How can I enable this tool for my students in an existing class?

Step 1: Once you’ve logged into Flocabulary, head on over to “My Profile” in the drop-down on your username in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Then, click on “My Classes”

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Step 2: From the “My Classes” page, click on the class that you’d like to enable the Text to Speech tool for. Then, from the class page, click on the button labelled “Manage Class”

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Step 3: From the “Manage Class” page, click on the button labelled “Edit Class”

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Step 4: In this “Update Class” modal, you’ll see a section for “Text to Speech tool for Students.” You can click “enabled” here to enable the tool for the students in this class.

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How can I enable this tool for students that join my new class?

When you Create a New Class, the Create Class modal appears. Here, you can find the section labelled “Text to Speech Tool for Students.” Click on “Enabled” to enable the tool for all the students that join this class.

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How can I tell which of my students have this tool enabled?

Step 1: Select an existing class from the “My Classes” page:

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Step 2: From the “My Classes” page, click on the “Students” tab to see a list of all the students in your class. There’s a column labelled “Text to Speech” where you can see whether a specific student has the Text to Speech Tool enabled or disabled.

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