Teacher Review For Natural Reader

Easy to use text to speech software

Fay C.
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, VA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 2
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
We have used Natural Reader as an aid to students that need a text-to-speech accommodation. It works well for students that have a need to hear the text for various reasons. It is very easy to download and learn how to use – in just a few minutes a student can be up and running with the software. The floating toolbar is an added bonus when using text documents that you do not want to or have the ability to copy and paste. Simply turn on the floating tool bar, open the document, website, etc. where the text that needs to be read is housed, highlight what you would like read, and click play. It has been a hit with students that have previously struggled with large amounts of complicated text.
My Take
I believe Natural Reader is a great tool for students with text-to-speech needs. Students love the independence it provides that they may not have previously had. It is simple to learn and to use. Some of the voices are a bit difficult to understand depending on the text type you are highlighting, but often, switching voices, or simply slowing down the rate of delivery fixes any of these concerns.