DALLAS, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Voyager Learning, a business unit of Cambium Learning® Group (NASDAQ: ABCD), a leading educational solutions and services company committed to helping all students reach their full potential by providing evidence-based solutions and services, announced today the results of an innovative collaboration with New Jersey-based iSpeech in the development of VmathLive®2.0, Voyager Learning's newest online math intervention.
An interactive, web-based tool for grades 2–8, VmathLive empowers students at all performance levels to achieve math mastery and understanding through purposeful practice. Now equipped with the industry-leading iSpeech text-to-speech technology, VmathLive2.0 seamlessly delivers comprehensive audio functionality throughout the entire online experience—and is the latest in a growing list of applications designed to enhance instruction and student achievement.
"We are excited about teaming with iSpeech," said Randy Black, vice president of technology development at Voyager Learning. Because struggling math students often face challenges with reading, the text-to-speech feature has allowed us to provide audio support with engaging voices in English and Spanish to help increase their understanding of math concepts."
Launched in the Fall 2012, VmathLive's integration with iSpeech has enabled Cambium Learning Group to produce large volumes of audio very quickly—accelerating the audio feature's speed-to-market from concept to launch. Working closely together to implement MathML (Math Mark-Up Language) in the proprietary text-to-speech engine, iSpeech and Cambium Learning Group have accurately converted math content to speech audio—and achieved substantial cost savings for Spanish translation over hiring voice talent.
"Through our continuing collaboration with Cambium Learning Group and Voyager Learning, we've expanded our text-to-speech solutions into the most essential areas of education—using our voice technology to empower learning, expand minds, and make education more accessible," said Heath Ahrens, chief executive officer of iSpeech.
Used by 20,000 registered developers more than 2 billion times, iSpeech provides the largest mobile speech development platform in the world—and has been adopted by a wide spectrum of top brands across education, lifestyle, food, travel, retail, finance, gaming, messaging, dictation, translation and social. With more than 40 text-to-speech voices supporting 25 languages, iSpeech adds authentic, human-quality text-to-speech (TTS) and automated speech recognition (ASR) to a variety of applications and enterprises.
About Cambium Learning Group
Cambium Learning Group is a leading educational solutions and services company that is committed to helping all students reach their full potential by providing evidence-based solutions and expert professional services to empower educators and raise the achievement levels of all students. The company is composed of four business units: Voyager Learning (VoyagerLearning.com) and Sopris Learning (SoprisLearning.com), Learning A–Z (LearningA-Z.com), ExploreLearning (ExploreLearning.com), and Kurzweil Educational Systems® (Kurzweiledu.com). Together, these business units provide best-in-class intervention and supplemental instructional materials; gold-standard professional development and school-improvement services; breakthrough technology solutions for online learning and professional support; valid and reliable assessments; and proven materials to support a positive and safe school environment. For more information, visit CambiumLearning.com.
About Voyager Learning and Sopris Learning
Dedicated to the success of every student, Voyager Learning and Sopris Learning are members of Cambium Learning Group, the nation's most comprehensive provider of research-based education solutions and online learning tools—including curriculum products, personalized professional development, assessment, and school improvement/turnaround services. With the ultimate goal of advancing student achievement, Voyager Learning and Sopris Learning partner with preK–12 schools to build teaching and leadership capacity, keep students on track, and accelerate struggling students to grade-level proficiency. We are proud to represent the life's work of world-renowned researchers and education leaders and have a steadfast commitment to translating research into practice, with a proven track record of helping schools and districts boost student participation, improve test scores, and increase graduation rates. Voyager/Sopris is a business unit of Cambium Learning Group Inc. (ABCD), based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit VoyagerLearning.com or SoprisLearning.com.
About iSpeech, Inc.
iSpeech is a leading provider of speech technology and mobile apps, including the award-winning app, DriveSafe.ly®. Founded in 2007, the company began as a vision to help college students learn by enabling them to listen to text-based study materials. Today, consumers, developers, and businesses worldwide choose iSpeech for its high-quality, fast, and easy-to-use text-to-speech (TTS), automated speech recognition (ASR), and voice-to-text solutions. The iSpeech Cloud has been used over a billion times. iSpeech is a privately held company headquartered in Newark, N.J. with offices in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, please visit www.ispeech.org.
Elaine Gantz Wright
Voyager Learning /Sopris Learning
Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
SOURCE Cambium Learning Group