Technology Matters - TechDis Voices What's it all about? Jisc TechDis commissioned CereProc to create two new high-quality, youthful and modern voices (TechDis Jack and TechDis Jess) that can be used with text-to-speech tools. Text-to-speech (TTS) technology allows text in electronic formats to be read out loud by synthetic voices or saved as MP3 files for later listening. Download « EduApps software is free and will always remain free – please help towards the costs of our server, maintenance and continued development of EduApps. MyStudyBar Please note: some users have reported that anti-virus programs such as Avast and VGA are identifying the MyStudyBar ‘exe‘ file as a Trojan. In some case the ‘exe‘ file is being quarantined. This issue is known as a ‘False/Positive’ – the anti-virus program doesn’t recognise the MSB exe file as being on its database of safe or ‘white’ applications. MSB is registered with Symantic Norton and McAfee but EduApps is in the process of registering MSB with other anti-virus developers – apologies for any inconvenience.
Publications The internet is the greatest source of information for people living in the UK today. But the amount of material available at the click of a mouse can be both liberating and asphyxiating. Although there are more e-books, trustworthy journalism, niche expertise and accurate facts at our fingertips than ever before, there is an equal measure of mistakes, half-truths, propaganda, misinformation and general nonsense. s Internet Safety Resources This free interactive site is an extensive digital literacy curriculum that improves technology proficiency, builds information literacy and digital citizenship skill, and provides 21st century and project-based resources online. The 21 Things are 'big ideas' in technology and learning such as Visual Learning, Collaboration, Cloud Initiation, Digital Footprint, and much more. The student activities use free web resources designed to address the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The non-sequential Things, delivered as project-based Quests, provide links, resources, and activities for students to earn badges and awards. Registration for teachers is required and gives access to teacher resources and a downloadable Moodle version of the site; Moodle is not required to use this site.
Using Technology to Enhance Engaged Learning for At-Risk Students ISSUE: An increasing number of educators are calling for high standards and challenging learning activities for at-risk students. New technologies can provide meaningful learning experiences for all children, especially those at risk of educational failure. Schools that capitalize on the relationship between technology and education reform will help students to develop higher order skills and to function effectively in the world beyond the classroom. Achieving such fundamental change, however, requires a transformation of not only the underlying pedagogy (basic assumptions about the teaching and learning process) but also the kinds of technology applications typically used in classrooms serving at-risk students.
Writing as a process not a product: How can we engage boys in writing? - jimsweetman's posterous When we start to think about why boys don't like writing in school the simple answer is that they are - self evidently - bad at it. They go to school too young and they start writing too young and they start reading too young and they see the girls do better because their motor skills, capacity to concentrate and intellect are developing at a different pace and in different directions. Boys are bad at embroidery too. s Study Skills Resources Create an online bulletin board (much like Padlet reviewed here or Lino reviewed here) for brainstorming and VOTING on any topic. The voting is what makes this tool different. Create an account. There is no waiting for email approval. Add a board, title, select how many votes the participants will have (up to 10), and start adding posts with text, images, and video.
Employer Toolkit: Supporting accessible and inclusive Apprenticeships An accessible Word version of the Employer Toolkit is available to download. A web version of the Employer Toolkit is also available. Apprenticeships are a vital part of the government’s strategy to create a highly skilled workforce and the current programme of reform is designed to ensure that the Apprenticeship pathway has parity of esteem with higher education among school leavers. How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC] Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.) I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that's shrouded in too much mystery — I've just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in a list of results. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one.