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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

5 tools I’ll use in 2014 Dec December 28, 2013 | 5 Comments Flipped Classroom, Blended Learning, techy tools … These have been in our lives for a few years. Everyday we come across with a new tool, a new site a new idea that we can use in our classes. I just discovered the following tools and I’m planning to give them a try in the New Year. #1 Buncee is another web-based content creation tool. #2 Todaysmeet is another tool that I’ll try in 2014. #3 Edcanvas is now Blendspace and is another web-based content creation tool. #4 Journal Jar is a site that I’m planning to use as a warm-up tool or it may even come handy when I finish early. #5 Padlet, AKA wallwisher, an old friend with new features, an online noticeboard where you can add your ideas on little sticky notes and then print out the document or save it as a pdf file on your computer.

The Ultimate list of Free Stock Photos Sites for eLearning Are you looking for free e-learning images, photos, cliparts or illustrations? In this post I will present you The Ultimate list of Free Stock Photos Sites for eLearning. If anyone of you have used one or more of the above Free Stock Photos Sites I will very much appreciate if he/she share with us his experience! is a repository for free public domain photos. Get 2 Free eBooks Get the eLearning Industry's Articles in your inbox. 43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms In the middle of October, we invited educators to tell us about the "apps, games, and websites that are helping to tranform their classrooms this year." We asked that you submit your responses in the form of Field Notes and we received more than 700 submissions! 43 products emerged with several votes and strong, detailed Field Notes to explain just how they are being used effectively at school. So here is our (albeit unscientific) list of apps, games, and websites transforming classrooms this Fall. We are also pleased to announce the winner of the $250 Amazon gift card. What apps, games, and websites are transforming your classroom? Related Posts: 5 Easy Steps to Writing a Great Field Note

19 Kick-Butt Tools for ELearning Everyone likes nifty tips, tricks, and tools – so how about 19 of them! Here in the United States, Monday is memorial day, so if you’re celebrating, perhaps right before your afternoon food-coma you can take a look at these incredibly useful tools that you may find of use when you’re working on your next elearning project. Many of them are free! Some of them you may have heard of before, but sometimes a reminder never hurts: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 11 Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom | Teacher's Lounge Blog | Really Good Stuff® The use of technology in the classroom is becoming more mainstream than ever. From using it as a way to gain resources and inspiration for lessons to leveraging the relationships with others in your Professional Learning Network (PLN) to find pen pals for your students, the benefits of using technology in and for the classroom are plentiful. However, it is also important to remember that access issues and outdated technology can create issues when integrating it in lessons. During the #TeachChat on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013, teachers voiced their concerns with using tech in the classroom. Connectivity issues, slow load time for devices, and limited access to apps and programs were among the top concerns. Despite those issues, teachers realize that today’s students are coming to school better equipped and more informed about how to use technology than ever before.

The Forgetting Curve and its implications for training delivery Our memory and power of recall detriorates rapidly if we do not reinforce what we have learnt. Garry Platt looks at the implications for training design and delivery. In 1895 Herman Ebbinghaus published some fascinating research which many people in the training community diligently ignore or are simply unfamiliar with. In his book Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology, Herman Ebbinghaus presented the findings of a study he conducted into memory and recall, from this work has stemmed the term The Forgetting Curve. This work despite being more than 100 years old is still pertinent today and is complimented by current research (J. It is important to understand that today we recognise different forms of memory and indeed many variants of the nature of that memory. Ebbinghaus discovered that even with this simple task memory failed at an alarming rate. This graph or ones similar often appear in books and websites but do not always reflect Ebbinghaus’s actual results.

TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING IN 21st CENTURY EDUCATION | Aysin Alp's Blog During the last decades technology has caused a lot of changes in our lives socially, politically and economically. What about education? Has education changed right along with the demands of the society?Today, many businesses require workers that can work in small, collaborative groups, which means we should use project-based learning in the classroom that allows students to work in small groups and to apply the academic content they are learning to real life situations. We all know that we need to get away from teacher-led classrooms and create classrooms that are learner centered to meet the demands of our rapidly changing world and we have a great tool to be able to do that: technology. In the video below, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D, discusses his views on the importance of technology in learning and the need to revolutionize education to give kids the skills they need to compete in an increasingly interconnected and digital world. Via: Voxy Blog Credits to Crissy Venosdale

Top 10 Instructional Designer Skills All jobs require a certain set of talents and skills, whether natural or acquired. But what skills does an instructional designer need in order to be successful and stand out? Check out the following comprehensive list and bear in mind that it can be expanded depending on the course, its scope and the audience. Possess interdisciplinary knowledge, cross-cultural competency, as well as commitment and passion for learning and technology.Have a background in education, a critical attitude, and clear learning objectives.Conduct thorough research, boast good analytical skills and the ability to synthesize information from various sources.Effectively communicate both visually and verbally, be a good listener and create measurable objectives, based on the audience’s needs. Instructional designer skills set overview If we take a closer look at the list above, we will realize that it all comes down to: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation (aka ADDIE model).

The One Thing Every Instructional Designer Must Do One of the best pieces of advice I received in regards to my instructional design career was to never be afraid of hard numbers, and to go one step further – talk about your accomplishments in hard numbers. For one reason or another, many instructional designers shy away from communicating statistics when speaking about their experience in interviews or on their resume; or perhaps we just forget about them. Either way we are doing a disservice to our value. We live in a world where statistical facts rule the day. Don’t believe me? Pick up a copy of USA Today newspaper (or any newspaper), and I guarantee that the front page has some sort of graph, chart, or statistic. Why then, do most IDs put stuff like “created Articulate and Captivate template for elearning implementation” on their resumes? Granted, in order to include stats regarding the learning you create, you need to make an effort to capture them. Each one of these demonstrates real value to the organization.

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