SOURCE: Educational Options, Inc.

Educational Options, Inc.

September 01, 2011 12:01 ET

EdOptions™ Launches Text to Speech Functionality in Online Curriculum

New Feature Enhances Stars Suite® Experience for Students

FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - Sep 1, 2011) - EdOptions™ announced today the release of Text to Speech, a new feature allowing users of its Web-based courses to have text within the curriculum read out loud. By establishing a partnership with ReadSpeaker®, the developer of online text to speech applications, EdOptions™ continues its commitment to increased student accessibility of its online curriculum Stars Suite.

"In response to our clients' needs, we have added functionality to Stars Suite® benefiting all users but particularly those with reading disabilities, a need for help with pronunciation of words, and text-limited web-browsing devices, by providing expanded access to our courses," said Janice Wilder, vice president of academics and curriculum for EdOptions™. "Allowing users the option to listen to our online text will give many students a better understanding of the content and an increased opportunity for success with the course."

The Stars Suite® Text to Speech feature is simple to use. Users select a portion of text within the program's online course that they would like to listen to and then select the pop-up listen button, which appears next to the mouse pointer. Upon clicking the pop-up listen button, a smaller control panel will appear and the program will automatically start reading the text the user has selected. In addition to pausing, stopping, or restarting the reading, users may also control the speed and manner -- word-by-word or sentence-by-sentence -- in which the text is read.

About Educational Options, Inc.
EdOptions™ is an award-winning education technology firm located in Falls Church, Virginia. Its premier product, Stars Suite® has served more than one million students nationwide and features 50 middle school and high school courses as well as Web-based solutions for state test preparation, high school preparation, and GED® study. EdOptions Online Academy™, the virtual school division of EdOptions, is a fully accredited online high school designed to support both traditional and non-traditional educational institutions with rigorous curriculum, powerful Web-based technology, and certified-teacher support. Orchard Software™, the elementary division of EdOptions, provides targeted state standards-based instruction, assessment and data management for grades pre-K-9 in Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Science. For more information, visit http://www.edoptions.com or email info@edoptions.com.

About ReadSpeaker®

ReadSpeaker® is the leading company in the area of speech-enabling online content. In 1999 the founders of ReadSpeaker® pioneered the first-ever speech-enabling application for websites. Today its ReadSpeaker® web based text-to-speech services for websites and mobile applications are being used by thousands of websites and millions of users worldwide. ReadSpeaker® speech-enables online content on the fly in up to 30 languages and provides a portfolio of web based text-to-speech applications for websites, mobile sites, RSS feeds, online campaigns, newsletters, and emails deliverable on computers as well as on portable devices. ReadSpeaker® has a wide variety of corporate, media, public and non-profit customers worldwide subscribing to its services. www.readspeaker.com

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