Monday, October 20, 2014

Speak Screen

With the new iOS 8 update, a helpful feature has been added to iOS devices called Speak Screen.  On-screen content can be read when users swipe down with two fingers.  While Speak Selection was available awhile back, the added Speak Screen is helpful as users do not need to select the text prior to having it read to them.

First, go to SETTINGS > GENERAL:
Swipe right to turn on SPEAK SCREEN:
To activate speak screen, navigate to the content (web site, email, etc.) and swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers or tell Siri to Speak Screen.  A controller will appear:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sound Gecko - Learning on the Go

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A teacher recently said to me, "If you want to learn something new, you can find a way."  That is so true, but I understand finding time for continued learning is challenging in our hectic lifestyles.  As a lifelong learner, yet a busy working mom, I must be creative in squeezing in time for learning.  I listen to podcasts on the way to work or while sorting laundry.  I read blogs while waiting for my daughter at gymnastics (I love that they provide great wifi)!  I recently found a useful tool for this on-the-go learning style called Sound Gecko.  When I run across an article, blog, etc. that sounds interesting, I copy the URL into my Sound Gecko account on my phone and listen when I have a few minutes.  So far, the free version has served me well, however they do offer an upgrade for $2.95 per month.  View details here.

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