Text to Speech Programs

Text to speech programs allows individuals to have texts read aloud to them and are great assistive tools for individuals who may struggle with reading. Below I will provide some fantastic programs that I found and tried that are free, and readily available.


Read&Write for Google Chrome™

In-depth Instructional Video for Read & Write

Having tried Read & Write myself it really is an easy to use Google extension that can be used on any computer running on the Google Chrome browser.


Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner)

In-depth Instructional Video for Text Fairy

This app honestly seems like magic to me. Playing around with it I found it consistently scanned and provided me with a flawless digital copy of the texts I scanned. It then could read aloud the texts. For the best results make sure to take a picture of text in a well-lit room. Huge bonus this app doesn’t contain nor spam any annoying ads or pop-ups!

More Formative Assessment Tools and Resources…

Here is a link I found to a guide called Pocket Assessment. This guide gives teachers access to 70 quick formative assessment ideas. The website you have to sign up for in order to view this resource also gives teachers access to a variety of different resources ranging from growth mindset to lesson planning,etc. (There is in app purchases)

Access this guide here:Pocket Assessment Guide

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This You-Tube video I found by Rich Wormeli called Formative and Summative Assessment. Critical Feedback for Learning, is a great advocate for using formative assessment. Mr. Wormeli feels formative assessment should involve descriptive feedback and this short video describes how to do this.

Video Retrieved from: Formative and Summative Assessment

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Summative Assessment

The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against a set standard. It is an important measurement for giving letter grades or scores.

Summative Assessments are defined by three major criteria:

  1. The tests or projects are used to determine to what degree the students acquired the knowledge that was presented to them.
  2. Summative assessments are given after the instructional period is over so that they are considered evaluative rather than diagnostic; they are used to gather information about what the child has learned and whether the educational endeavours were effective.  Summative assessment also determines course placement.
  3. Results are recorded numerically or with a letter grade and become a part of the students’ academic record.

Examples of Summative Assessments are: 

  • end of unit/chapter tests
  • end of term tests
  • standardized tests such as: SAT,CAT
  • portfolios
  • capstone projects
  • performance assessments

Summative Assessments are also used for assessing the educational process.  They can help teachers determine if they are teaching in the right way to help students learn.  They can be used to modify teaching techniques or materials.  Summative tests are also use to make decisions about students, teachers and schools.

A quote about assessment that I thought explained the difference between formative and summative assessment in layman’s terms.

“When the cook tastes the soup, that’s formative assessment.  When the customer tastes the soup, that’s summative assessment.”  Paul Black

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