CINCINNATI – Nov. 10, 2015 – To ensure exceptional learning opportunities for all students with access to its dynamic collection of online resources, Knovation has partnered with literacy software provider Texthelp to upgrade the text-to-speech and dictionary services in netTrekker and icurio. The partnership demonstrates Knovation’s commitment to supporting Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a research-based framework that builds flexible learning environments to support individual learning differences.
Through this partnership, netTrekker and icurio subscribers have access to improved read aloud and dictionary tools, including faster, speech-responsive text highlighting, an integrated dictionary in the read aloud tool bar, a picture dictionary and text translation. Texthelp services provide multiple point-of-need support tools directly within Knovation’s solutions, ensuring all learners have quality opportunities to engage with the resources presented to them.
Research demonstrates the benefits of quality text support – speech synthesis with dual color highlighting is proven to raise comprehension levels by 8 percent and dictionary tools improved performance on word meaning tasks by 25 percent.* Text-to-speech technology decodes with an accuracy and fluency that children who struggle with text can’t attain on their own, according to Dr. Michelann Parr, Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University.
“Our UDL partnership with Texthelp will allow Knovation to better support subscribing districts in honoring the fact that every learner is unique,” said Steve Nordmark, Chief Academic Officer at Knovation. “Together, we will enable teachers to accommodate and design for learner differences, well beyond creating accessibility for special education students.”
As leaders in K-12 education strive to support a spectrum of learners, including students struggling with text comprehension or ESL students, the Texthelp partnership serves as another step for Knovation in creating student-centric, flexible approaches to digital learning.
For more information about upgrades to Knovation’s read aloud and dictionary tools through Texthelp, visit http://www.knovationlearning.com/blog/texthelp.
* Assistive Software Tools for Secondary-level Students With Literacy Difficulties, Alissa A. Lange, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK JSET Vol 21 2006
Since 1999, Knovation has delivered on the promise to do something good for kids, every day, by helping districts meet the needs of diverse K-12 learners in blended digital learning environments.
Knovation makes it easy to find, manage, and use free digital content for learning by professionally evaluating, standards aligning and continuously maintaining a collection of over 360,000 digital resources covering all subjects and all grades. Knovation’s collection can be accessed through the company’s award-winning solutions (netTrekker and icurio) or through custom integration with several instructional or assessment platforms. For more information, please check: www.knovationlearning.com.
Texthelp believes that everyone shares a fundamental need to be understood by others, and language is our passport to academic, social and professional success. This is what drives Texthelp to create smart, easy-to-use support technologies that enable young people and adults read and write with confidence and independence and to benefit from the English language.
Texthelp's world leading assistive and language learning software is used daily by students and educators in schools, colleges and universities worldwide. Our corporate software tools continue to be used by blue-chip companies, as well as large and small scale public departments and government organisations and agencies globally. Texthelp has been recognized in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for 14 consecutive years. www.texthelp.com
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