Thursday, February 14, 2013

The show, describe and share principle revisited

It is difficult to replace you, when it comes to deliver your presentations. However there are times when your presentation must do without your presence, for instance if you want to share your presentation online.

The alternatives are many. There are well known places where you can publish your presentation as a silent collection of pictures without comment. Or you may take up a microphone and tell your story with your own voice while capturing your presentation as a video.

A third alternatives is using text-to-speech to deliver your presentation, and make it into a video. Text-to-speech has made huge progresses in the last years, now offering several high quality voices with different characters. However the obvious disadvantage of using text-to-speech is that it is not you speaking and that text-to-speech might ruin your opening joke. On the other hand typing a description is so much easier and much faster than speaking into a microphone. Not to mention that if few days after publishing your presentation you decide to do a slight change to the wording, all you need to do is to quickly edit a text, as opposed as to redo the whole recording.

The show, describe and share principle mentioned in the title of this article consist then in using your images to show your message, using your descriptions to deliver your narration (via text-to-speech), and using the resulting video to share your presentation with your audience.

Here is a SlideTalk presentation of the show, describe and share principle:

To publish a presentation with text-to-speech by following the show, describe and share principle, you can visit and follow the three steps below:

1) Show: Upload your PowerPoint files or any collection of pictures.

2) Describe: Type a text comment for each slide, to tell your story as you would do when in front of your audience.

3) Share: Texts are converted to audio with help of text-to-speech. The slides and the audio are combined together in a YouTube video, ready to be shared with your audience or embedded on your website.

For more step-by-step information on how to create a video with please watch this tutorial.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

SlideTalk helps making slideshare presentations accessible

Discover how to make slideshare presentations accessible to users with visual impairments, dyslexia and cognitive impairments. And how the same solution helps everybody by creating an immersive and engaging learning context.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Accessible Talking Presentations: Discover OBI by Daisy Consortium

Here is another presentation made by the DAISY Consortium, turned into an accessible and immersing talking presentation via SlideTalk:

Enjoy it!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Slidetalk gives voice to the DAISY consortium: discover TOBI

The DAISY Consortium has been in the front line of accessibility and assistive technology for years, pushing the development and implementation of new formats like DAISY and EPUB3 for ebooks, with the goal of publishing ebooks in a way that is convenient to anyone, independently if the user is a seeing person or a visually impaired, or if the user is suffering from a reading impairments as dyslexia. A truly inclusive concept.

SlideTalk is a recent service that makes it easy to add a voiceover to PowerPoint presentations by using text-to-speech, and it can certainly be used to increase accessibility of PowerPoint presentations, very often published without any comment and therefore unaccessible for Visually Impaired and Dyslexic users.

In this first SlideTalk presentation, we introduce TOBI a new authoring tool for DAISY and EPUB3 talking books: