QG6 Sweet Tools with Google Docs
In this Quest you will learn about some “SWEET” TOOLS to help you when doing different Quest activities. These tools will also help you be more productive in your daily schoolwork.
Text-to-speech (TTS): TTS is a type of assistive technology that reads digital text aloud. It's sometimes called “read aloud” technology. With a click of a button or the touch of a finger, TTS can take words on a computer or other digital device and convert them into audio.
Speech-to-text (STT): Speech-to-text is the process of converting speech input into digital text, based on speech recognition.
Translate: To translate something is when you turn text into your own language into another language or vice versa.
Online Dictionaries: Online dictionaries are dictionaries that are available on the Internet or World Wide Web and accessed through a Web browser using a computer or a mobile device, primarily by typing a query term into a search box on the site.
I Can Statement
- Use text-to-speech to read the text out loud in a Google document
- Use my voice to dictate the text into a Google document
- Use the features of Immersive Reader
- Locate and use the online dictionary
- Use built-in features to translate text to and from another language
There are many technology tools that can make your work easier, and this Quest shares some with you to try out. See which ones work best for you.
This video shows how to add the Read&Write Extension to Chrome so you can have your text read out loud to you.
Speech-to-Text or Voice Dictation in Google Docs
This is a short video demonstrating the voice dictation or speech-to-text, feature in Google Docs. No more typing let your voice do it!,
Microsoft Immersive Reader is an unofficial extension that provides a lot of different great reading supports.
- Reads the text aloud from a document on the web
- Identifies parts of speech in a document
- Changes the size, font, and color of the highlighted text
This video tutorial walks you through the different features. The extension will need to be added from the Google PlayStore search (use this link).
There is a built-in dictionary right in Google Docs. This short video shows where it is and how to use it.
Translation to and from another language
Here's a great tool in Google, the ability to translate your documents into different languages! Just look for the challenge presented near the end of the short video.
Completing this Quest
Congratulations on learning about special "sweet" features and tools in Google Docs. Your task is to show off and share the best thing you learned with a friend or family member.
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Competencies & Standards
MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and
1. Empowered Learner
d. understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies
6. Creative Communicator
a. choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
b. create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into their new creations
d. publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences