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Digital Audio Files

Digital audio files can be created from electronic text that has been stored on a computer using specialized software that converts text into a sound file. These files may be created in a variety of formats, such as WAV and MP3. The WAV or MP3 file can then be downloaded onto an MP3 player or burned to a CD.

Teacher can easily create digital audio files using text to audio software programs. The only requirement is having a digital or electronic copy of the text.

There are a variety of commercially available programs that are available to convert files. Some of the most commonly used software are Alive Text to Speech (Emetrix), TextAloud (NextUp), Text-to-Audio (Premier Assistive Technology) and advanced reading and writing aids such as Kurzweil 3000 (Kurzweil Educational Systems), Read & Write Gold (TextHelp), or WYNN (Freedom Scientific).

Students who have difficulty reading traditional print books and related instructional materials may benefit from using digital audio files to supplement the printed materials. Digital audio files can be used by students with Learning Disabilities, Visual Impairments, Dyslexia, and other students that benefit from auditory input.