[Athen] Converting Math to Audio

Sean Keegan skeegan at htctu.net
Tue Nov 13 09:55:55 PST 2007

> I am researching the best methods for converting Math into audio.

I am going to echo John G's response about using MathType with MS Word and
then exporting to a MathML-based Web page. I have done a few presentations
on this process and you can view those at
http://www.htctu.net/publications/conferences/main.htm .

The only other option is to use human speech to describe the equation, but
from a user's perspective it becomes a bit more difficult to "walk through"
the equation.

Hadi Rangin wrote:

> Math is not a passive science. You need to manipulate it and actively

interact with it in order to learn it

> and you can not manipulate math with audio effectively and independently.

To a certain extent, I think it depends on the level of math you are working
with and the skill set of the individual, but Hadi raises a very important
point should not be missed - *interacting* with math content provides a much
richer learning experience. To date, I cannot point to a single solution
that is the most effective as it really depends on the student and it may
take a combination of different solutions to provide for an effective
learning opportunity. Gaeir Dietrich (alternate media specialist at the
HTCTU) came up with some guidelines to consider when working with students
who are blind/visually-impaired and math - see attached PDF.

Take care,

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