Audio supports in Independent Digital Lessons

All instructional prompts and directions can be read aloud by selecting embedded Audio Buttons. Audio is provided by a Zearn on-screen teacher or computer-generated voices, depending on the prompt.

Embedded audio prompts support emerging readers, students unable to decode language, and students struggling with visual perception. Audio buttons are not available for all text. Where audio buttons are not available, students can highlight text to be read aloud using browser text-to-speech tools. In Zearn Kindergarten lessons, prompts are automatically read aloud.

Your students can have that text read aloud to them by following the steps below:

For iPads, turn on the Speak Selection function

  1. From your iPad Home Screen, click on the Settings wheel.
  2. Within Settings, select General, then Accessibility, then Speech.
  3. Turn on Speak Selection at the top. On this screen, you can also adjust the speaking speed.

For computers or Chromebooks
Students using Microsoft Edge are able to highlight text and have it spoken aloud by following these steps:

  1. Highlight the text to be read aloud.
  2. Right-click and select Read Aloud Selection.

Note: Tower audio only works on Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.