Select & Speak: An Easy To Use Text To Speech Extension [Chrome] Select and Speak is a handy extension for Google Chrome that allows users to listen to text from almost any website. The extension has a list of voices (accents) to choose from; you can choose any of the voices that you recognize the clearest and the easiest. To get started, simply install the extension and visit any website. Now, select the text you want it to read and then click on the Select and Speak icon to start listening to the text being read aloud. You can pause/stop the playback anytime by clicking on the pause button when the text is being read aloud.
Google Apps For Education Tips & TricksGoogle Plus Hangout: How to easily use the new Google Apps Admin Dashboard Yesterday, Blake Seufert & myself hosted the first of our new fortnightly E-Learning hangouts. It was great to have 227 people register from 22 countries. The purpose of these Google Plus Hangouts will be to have conversations with experts on different topics relating to pedagogy and technology. Our tag line is ‘where pedagogy & technology collide’. On our first hangout, Blake and I discuss the new Google Apps Admin Dashboard layout, and answer a number of questions submitted by the community. Speaking aids Probably you agree that these little things make a lot of difference and it is with good reason why people spend time, money and energy to get the right small objects to help them put themselves and their loved ones into the right mood. Why use speaking aids Post-it notes Walls Coloured paper Small objects To control turn-taking As metaphors Conclusion Why use speaking aids In contrast, we often expect that our students have the right mood to speak without having anything that would help them to be in the right mood to speak, or any prompt that would help the flow of ideas. These small prompts or small speaking aids get especially important when children get into the age when they want to speak about themselves more than e.g. about the little animals or fairies in a tale. In this article, I will give you some ideas what little objects to use and how to use them so that students aged 12 upwards find speaking easier and less stressful.
10 Podcasting Projects Teachers Should Try in the Classroom If orange is the new black, podcasting is the new oral report. And now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools. Here are 10 ideas to try in your classroom today. Current Events Newscasts: Practice nonfiction reading skills by having your students do weekly or monthly podcasts on an interesting current event. Reading Radio: Have your students make short radio broadcasts summarizing the books they are reading. Roving Reporters: Send your students out into the "field" (a.k.a. the school) to interview key players in important school events.
An App for Android and iOS – iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Announcing FluencyFinder 2.5 Brand new tools for a new school year! Here’s what’s NEW NOW… ** NEW! Data-sharing e-mail function** NEW! Comprehension questions for a one-step fluency and reading comprehension assessment Meetings - Finding the Right Time One of the biggest challenges when arranging a meeting is finding a time that works for everyone. Typically you'll send emails back and forth to try and find a time that works for everyone. There's got to be a better way! Google Calendar Let's start with the basics. If you're sharing your Google Calendar with another Google Calendar user, you can do a suggested search. 26 Fresh ESL Conversation Starters to Get Students Talking! 10 Oct I love teaching conversation in the ESL classroom. Part of it must be that because the students able to “converse” in English are better able to demonstrate their personalities, preferences, thoughts… and therefore, I get to know them better. Often it is simply hilarious to see the range of answers students feel free to share in a comfortable environment.
Stuff You Should Know Podcast Product Details Description Whether discussing redheads or exorcism, you can count on Josh and Chuck to deliver a fascinating dose of Stuff You Should Know in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. People Who Liked Stuff You Should Know Podcast Also Liked These Podcasts: Reviews & Ratings 5 books that will help you teach English pronunciation I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for new ideas on how to improve the pronunciation of my students; even the good ones need all the help they can get. This has always been an area of teaching that worries me and one where I still feel I can grow greatly as a teacher. Basically, I need the help of those seasoned pros out there who have blessed us with their knowledge in the form of written texts. With this in mind these are the books that I feel deserve a place among your collections. 1. English Phonetics and Phonology: A Practical Course
33 ways to speak better English If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to speak better English and communicate in a more confident and competent way. When we communicate effectively we are able to express our ideas and opinions, share experiences, and build relationships with others. When we struggle to express ourselves, we feel unvalued and insecure. As human beings, we want to participate in group discussions and have an impact on the society around us. In the modern world, we communicate across borders.