Thanks guys for confirming my suspicion that you can't do Speech to text on Chromebooks.  I had thought about using iPads, but I was given very sort notice about the need for this accommodation and couldn't do any testing.



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On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 5:57 PM, Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Oops, looked into the public session kiosk mode a bit more, the instructions at http://vt.portal.airast.org/secure-browsers/ under the chromeos tab say you have to use single app kiosk, public session kiosk mode won't work, and that does seem to be the case.  So I guess you can't do speech to text with Chromebooks, since you can't run third party apps and the airsecure test app at the same time.

On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 3:59 PM, Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Jon, that would be text to speech, not speech to text.  

We have been planning on deploying the testing app using the google management console as a single app kiosk, so we can't run third party apps at the same time.   We'll either be using Dragon on PCs for kids who know that well, using a scribe, or using ipads to test kids who have that accommodation.  Our para who looked into this said the latter option was the easiest to figure out, you just hit the microphone icon on the keyboard, and start talking.

It does look, though, like we could set some cbs up as public session kiosk machines instead of single app kiosks and still do speech to text, but the browser wouldn't run full screen.  Since all our cbs are a only 11", I hate to give up any more screen real estate.


On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Jon Orton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Sorry for the delayed response.

We have checked it out. It is not ideal, but will work. To my knowledge there is no 3rd party plug-in/software you can use. On the Chrome platform Secure Browser will use the Chrome built in TTS engine.

When I say it is not ideal, I mean it is not very human sounding, pronounces some words incorrectly, and speaks with poor inflections.

An example would be during the pre-test sound check on a Chromebook/Box instead of saying "This text is being read out loud", it mispronounces read and says "This text is being reed out loud.

I hope this helps.

Jon Orton
Lead Technician/User Support Specialist
Chittenden Central Supervisory Union
2 Educational Drive, Essex Jct, VT 05452




On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 10:08 AM, Ben Leslie <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Who's used speech to text on a chromebook for SBAC testing (if even possible) and what 3rd party software did you use?

I'm in dire need of some suggestions.

Thanks
Ben



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