Speech on the iPad

One of my clients had a change on her iPad that meant the good , well inflectional voice had gone and was replaced by a robotic monotone voice.

For fluent readers having a voice that gives meaning to the text by the rise and fall of the sentence as well as the pace and pause at commas aide reading.

So what had happened?

Speech and voices used to be visible on the accessible menu now it’s under a new item “Spoken text”

So that means you have a voice for Siri, a voice for spoken text and a voice for VoiceOver for the blind. Why not have one menu for speech that works for all uses? Come on Apple make this an addition .

As it is squirrelled away two or three menus down it is hard to find so here is the guide that I found after 30 minutes of searching

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202362

And I have written this on my phone using the WordPress app. So easy and functional for writing on the hoof or when watching football on TV!

Have a great AT day!

Clicker 8 & Clicker Writer announced for 2020

Our good friends at Crick Software have just written announcing , in time for BETT, the latest iteration of the Clicker software – surprisingly ( tongue in cheek!) called Clicker 8. Please note there is a webinar available to those who can’t make BETT and want to know more. Read on..!

Clicker 8 is here!

We are thrilled to officially announce the launch of two major Clicker updates for 2020 – Clicker 8 for Windows/Mac and Clicker Writer for iPad/Chromebook.This latest version of Clicker combines the core literacy support tools that teachers know and love with lots of brilliant new feature ideas from our Clicker fans. Take a look at what’s new here. We also recommend that you visit our updated pricing and licensing page, as there are quite a few changes here including our flexible new universal licensing system. Your education consultant would be delighted to provide you with a free demonstration so do let us know if you would like to arrange this.  Here’s where these fantastic solutions can also be seen in action this term:
Visit our stand at Bett 2020

We’re really looking forward to the Bett Show later this month, where many teachers will get their very first glimpse of these exciting new developments.  As mentioned in our last newsletter, Crick Software has been shortlisted for the Bett Awards 2020 in the ‘Company of the Year’ category. We’ll find out if we’re a winner at the awards ceremony on the Wednesday night of the show…fingers crossed!If you or any of your colleagues are attending the show this year, we’d love to see you at stand NE45 in the Learning Tech Zone.
Book onto a free Clicker breakfast seminar

Our spring breakfast seminar schedule is now live on the website. We will be holding events in Ashford, Ashton-under-Lyne, Basildon, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Coventry, Crawley, Durham, Greenwich, Ipswich, Mansfield, Liverpool, Letchworth Garden City, Norwich, Preston, Salford, Surrey and Uckfield.There will be some special seminar-exclusive offers available and the opportunity for schools with Clicker 7 to find out about our fantastic upgrade discounts! To book a place or request some promotional flyers to pass on to schools in your area, please get in touch via seminars@cricksoft.com.
Register for our ‘What’s new in Clicker 8?’ webinar

If you’re unable to make any of the above, be sure to register for the free webinar that we’ll be running on Wednesday 29th January 2020 from 3.45pm – 4.30pm.We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new and improved version of Clicker!Best regards
John and Ann

The Smyles Podcast

A new tab is on the website Podcast. The purpose is to share the uses and benefits of Assistive Technology in a range of settings eg education, workplace, home and community.

The present series is on Assistive Technology and each episode lasts less than 6 minutes. You can also download the episode and share widely if you want to,