Trelson helps your students focus on the right thing: learning. Use Trelson for all writing assignments and not just for exams.
In Trelson, you have a writing surface where the student writes his answer or his essay. You can choose which Google document you want and Trelson automatically converts this to PDF with the text to speech function, which means that the computer provides the student with reading support. The student can see his text, test questions or assignments and at the same time listen. Text-to-speech works on all types of Trelson modules, including forms and gap text. This is a long-awaited help for students with reading and writing difficulties and dyslexia.
How to do it:
- Create your assignment.
Make sure you enable text to speech. By doing so already now, all your students have equal access to both listen to the text they themselves produce and be able to correct their answer as well as listen to the text you attach. It is possible to choose several different languages such as English.
If you want to activate the function only for an individual student, do so after you have added the student and via the three dots next to the student's name. There you choose special adaptations and activate what you want the student to have access to.
- Click on Resources.
Select Add Drive Files and click Add. Select the file you want to upload.
If you have a Google document, check the box to "convert to PDF with text-to-speech support" and the computer will automatically fix it for you.
If you already have a pdf, upload it and even now remember to check the box.
- The student opens the assignment. The student clicks on the small icon just to the left of their name in the upper right corner of the screen. Then the student's screen is divided into two parts and the student can have your attached pdf in one part and their writing surface in the other. Place the cursor on the line between the writing surface and the PDF so that the cursor turns into two vertical lines. Then drag the right view until it is in the center of the screen or to the size you want.
When the student wants to listen to the text, the student selects the entire text or the part the student wants to listen to and clicks on the speaker symbol in the upper right corner under his name.
A "Play function" then appears at the bottom of the screen. The student clicks on the gear to set how fast the text should be read out. Click Play and listen. Pause playback when you need to and start when you want.
The student writes his answer in the writing view. The student writes his text and can now correct it by listening to it. Often students hear what is wrong but can not see it for themselves. Select the text and click on the "text-to-speech" symbol. In the same way as before, a "Play function" now appears at the bottom of the page. The student sets the speed via the gear and can then click on play and listen to and correct their own text.
When the student has gone through his text, the student submits by clicking on the arrow in the right corner.
By using Trelson in a structured way in teaching and not just in exams, you teach your students to focus on the right thing. In addition, if you only let your students write during lesson time, the equivalence between your students also increases and you know that it is your students' knowledge that you develop and assess. It is not mom or dad or the student's ability to handle the computer that comes into play. Regular use of Trelson in teaching makes a difference for your students who find it easier to concentrate and work with what you have in mind. No students with reading and writing difficulties were singled out either. It is natural for everyone to use listening aids if they want to and need to. Some do not want and others do not need, while some really need, but do not want to show it to others.