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ReadSpeaker and Instructure Partner to Integrate Text to Speech on the Canvas Learning Management System

October 16, 2013

Instructors and students can now benefit from speech-enabled educational content to facilitate the learning experience

UPPSALA, Sweden and SALT LAKE CITY, October 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

ReadSpeaker [http://www.readspeaker.com ], a leading cloud-based text-to-speech
provider, today announced a partnership with Canvas [http://www.instructure.com ], an
easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) by Instructure enabling text-to-speech
versions of virtually all course content. By adding the ReadSpeaker speech technology,
Canvas shows its commitment to helping all students access educational content in the way
that best fits their learning style.

“Canvas was designed to be a flexible learning platform and to accommodate different
learning styles,” said Brian Whitmer, co-founder and chief learning officer. “The
ReadSpeaker integration into Canvas helps students access educational content in a way
that fits their learning style, by enabling text-to-speech technology in their educational

Canvas uses the ReadSpeaker Enterprise Highlighting
[http://www.readspeaker.com/readspeaker-enterprise ] product, which is a software as a
service (SaaS) solution hosted by ReadSpeaker. Learners have access to the read-aloud
functionality from any connected device including smartphones and tablets through their
mobile browsers. Students use the service by either selecting text on the screen and then
clicking on the floating listen-button or by clicking directly on the floating
listen-button. This will result in the text being read out and highlighted simultaneously
on a word and/or sentence level as it is being read. Content that is presented in both
audio and visual formats at the same time enables students to benefit from improved
reading comprehension fluency, accuracy and concentration. By providing an audio path to
the learning content, ReadSpeaker also brings the Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
principles for students with different learning styles.

The solution crafted for Canvas has been developed so that system administrators
simply add a JavaScript or add the link to the JavaScript in their admin interface. The
ReadSpeaker Canvas integration can be configured to read a pre-defined area, skip certain
content, change the default position of the floating listen-button and modify the
appearance of the player. This allows for maximum flexibility in how the ReadSpeaker
listen feature is presented to students using the Canvas LMS.

“ReadSpeaker fits nicely with the innovative and forward-looking Canvas LMS developed
by Instructure,” said Joop Heijenrath, ReadSpeaker CCO and Co-founder. “This partnership
will help faculty using Canvas to reach out to all their students by providing them with a
simple click and listen feature to easily access content pages, wikis, blogs, news,
announcements, tests, and quizzes in audio format.”

About ReadSpeaker

A leader in cloud-based text-to-speech (TTS) technology, ReadSpeaker provides learners
with the ability to listen to text content. The TTS service helps all learners expand
their comprehension and allows for bimodal learning. By providing different ways of
accessing the learning content, ReadSpeaker nicely fits the Universal Design for Learning
(UDL) philosophy. The seamlessly integrated TTS feature requires no downloads and works on
all supported devices and operating systems, further enabling users who would otherwise
have to download and install third-party software. Please visit


About Instructure

Instructure is a technology company committed to improving education. We provide
instructors and students with modern tools and resources to empower the learning
experience. Instructure offers Canvas Network
[http://www.canvas.net/?utm_source=pr&utm_campaign=PanoptoIntegrationExpansionpressrelease ]
-the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning management system. We also provide an index
of open, online courses from Ivy Leagues to community colleges. To keep learning, visit


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