At the recent OLPC Learning Club DC meetup, we learned about a fun Activity for the XO laptop: Speak. Very simply:
Speak is a talking face for the XO laptop. Anything you type will be spoken aloud using the XO's speech synthesizer, espeak.But that description does not do justice to the fun you can have with Speak on the XO laptop. To really understand how it connects with children, you have to watch a child use Speak. Let's have Marayd show us its full educational engagement:Did you see how quickly she go into it? It was definitely the big hit with everyone from child to adult, and expect other XO User Groups to be experimenting with Speak shortly too.
You can adjust the accent, rate and pitch of the voice as well as the shape of the eyes and mouth. This is a great way to experiment with the speech synthesizer, learn to type or just have fun making a funny face for your XO.
Better yet, share you Speak story with us now, so we can all co-learn.