We have Word Talk installed on all school computers which allows text in a Word document to be spoken back. Word Talk (as the name suggests) only works with Microsoft Word.
All the high schools had Read and Write Gold 8 software which offered this text to speech functionality plus many other useful literacy support tools. With the move to Windows 7 computers, Read and Write Gold is no longer fully compatible and the cost to upgrade is prohibitively expensive.
Ivona MiniReader is a free simple text reader which adds a floating toolbar on the screen and can read out text from almost any program – Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, web pages etc.. MiniReader can use the free Scottish voice Heather and Stuart and most other voices on your computer.
It is hoped to remotely install it onto all East Lothian school computers but if you would like to try it out prior to this universal install then please email firstname.lastname@example.org I have instructions to issue on how it works and how it can be best used.