Free Text to Speech for Google Docs

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Read&Write for Google™ is a Chrome extension that works on Macs, PCs and Chromebooks using the Google Chrome web browser. The extension can be downloaded for free on the Google Chrome web store and is packed with features ranging from text to speech to a picture dictionary, vocabulary tools and much more. The extension works with Google documents, PDFs, ePubs and Kurzweil 3000 files that are accessed within Google Drive.

All features in Read&Write for Google are available during the 30-day trial. After 30 days, the text to speech and translator tools for Google Docs will remain live for continued free access. The premium features for Google Docs, PDFs, ePubs, and Kes files will be available only with a paid Read&Write for Google subscription. A matrix of free vs. premium supports can be found here:

The video below provides a brief overview of Read&Write for Google:

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About Jason Carroll

Jason first learned of Assistive Technology while working on his undergraduate degree where much of his spare time was spent assisting a regional education centre with basic technology needs. Amazed at how this technology could benefit so many students (particularly those he grew up with) he was hooked and immediately became an expert at the centre. After receiving his Masters, Jason returned to the coop to serve as a full time Assistive Technology Consultant serving over 200 schools in the central Kentucky Region.

Since this time, Jason has trained thousands on Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning concepts throughout the United States and beyond. His focus is on integrating research based practices into the work he does and helping others ensure that what they are doing works. He specialises in assisting people to bridge the gap between operation of technology and actual implementation. Jason is a published author, has taught Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning at the University level, and spends a significant amount of time on e-Learning and blended learning initiatives. He is a graduate of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University at Northridge and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Currently Jason serves as Product Marketing Manager for North America at Texthelp Inc. where he oversees new product launches and speaks nationally on a variety of Assistive Technology topics.

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