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Text to speech Mac/iPad

Getting started with text to speech

Following version of DigiExam support text to speech:

  • Mac client: 11.1.1 and newer
  • iPad client: 11.1.0 and newer

Support for following languages:

  • MacOs/iPad have support for the following languages: English, Swedish, French, Spanish, German.

  • Mac also has support for additional voices, see "Add voices and languages".

The settings for text to speech is the same as for spell check when creating an exam.

For questions about spell check have a look at this guide: How do I allow my students to use spell check on an exam

 

Create an exam with text to speech

To allow text to speech for all students on an exam, choose the alternative 'All students' in the drop-down menu.

 

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Allow text to speech for an individual student by going to "Students" In the left main menu.

Find the student and enable “Allow spell check for this student” in the accessibility settings and then save.

If you don't want students to have text to speech during an exam you select "None"

 

Client

For students that have text to speech enabled, there are some new things to know about.

In the top left corner next to the settings icon you'll now see a speaking figure (see Figure 2). If you press this icon while you have text marked, it will then be read out loud. Text to speech is also possible on PDF documents and websites.

 

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Daniel (UK) is the standard voice when an exam is started, you can and change voice and language in settings.
 
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Figure 3
 
It is also possible to get a slower voice by pulling the slider towards the tortoise and faster if you pull it towards the hare.
You can also have the text read out loud by using short command [Alt] + [A] when you have text selected, so you don't need to press the speaking figure every time.
 
 

Add voices and languages

Mac

1. Open System Preferences by clicking on the System Preferences in the Dock or by Apple menu > System Preferences.

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2. Open Accessibility.

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3. Then select Speech. 

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4. Select the System Voice pop-up menu and choose Customize.

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5. Select the checkboxes of the voices you would like to add.
To find a voice, enter its name, country, or language in the search field. To sample a voice, select it and click play. When you have chosen the voices you want to download press OK.
The voices appear in the menu when the download is complete.

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Next time you start DigiExam you can use these new voices and languages. (*English dialects won't work in DigiExam. Ex: Indian English, Australian, Welsh, etc.)
 
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