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Contents Tool Factory Workshop - Spanish Upgrade Customizing for Automatic Letter Reading
Grade: K-12
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor V2
Instructions
On the Windows platform Tool Factory Word Processor can automatically read every letter as it is typed. This is great for early learners and special education students who are learning the alphabet, learning to type, or who could benefit from additional auditory feedback.

CUSTOMIZING AUTOMATIC LETTER READING
In the top left corner, find the tiny little “WP” icon. It’s above the menus.
1) Click WP icon.
2) Click CUSTOMIZE. The configuration window opens.
3) Checkbox LETTER. It’s in the Speech area in the lower right of the configuration window.
4) Click OK.
5) Click on your page and start typing. Every letter will automatically speak as you type.

*Tip* We use this feature quite a bit with students at the kinder and first grade levels. A student with hunt-and-peck typing skills will often “hear” a typo before they actually see it on the screen, causing them to naturally self-correct errors.

Another great use of this feature is in developing early word construction skills. Often students who are struggling with spelling will benefit greatly from hearing every letter spoken, as they attempt to spell a difficult word.

*Tip* If you don’t hear the computer voice, then you need to turn your volume up or “Install speech” from the CD.
Downloadable Worksheets
  • Printable step-by-step instructions.
  • Download the sample project pictured above.
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
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