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Martin Burrett

Sound of Text - 24 views

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    "Listen or download audio of 100 characters of text in many different languages. Perfect for language students engaged in self-directed study."
Martin Burrett

When do speech difficulties in children matter for literacy? - 7 views

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    A new study found that speech difficulties are linked with difficulties in learning to read when children first start school, but these effects are no longer apparent at 8 years of age. Researchers confirmed that early language impairment that co-occurs with speech difficulties predicts poor literacy skills at both 5½ and 8 years of age. Having a family history of dyslexia had a small but significant effect on literacy at both ages, above and beyond the effects of speech and language...
Deborah Baillesderr

Quia - Class Page - SPEECHERSCLASS1 - 19 views

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    Click on a game and play it orally for speech practice. Many Java games will have four activities--flashcards, matching, concentration, and word search--involved! 
Brett Costin

Toastmasters International - Home - 34 views

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    Great resources and tips for oral presentations
Michelle Kassorla

WordTalk - 65 views

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    A free Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-to-mp3 converter. WordTalk: A CALL Scotland website.
Martin Burrett

Online Dictation - Online Speech Recognition - 84 views

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    An easy to use online dictation tool. Just speak and this site types the words for you. Requires Chrome. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+%26+Web+Tools
Dimitris Tzouris

SlideSpeech, presentations with voice - 12 views

  • Richer than a document, simpler than video, SlideSpeech transforms the way ideas are shared
Martin Burrett

TalkTyper - 111 views

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    A useful site that allows users to dictate and generate text. A great resource for children with writing difficulties to get their ideas written quickly. It works with a range of languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and more. For mistakes, the site offers alternative words with similar pronunciation. Only works with Chrome. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+%26+Web+Tools
N Butler

Teach Parts of Speech with Mad Libs - 80 views

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    Teach parts of speech with printable Mad Libs.
kellidgegroup

Online text to speech (TTS) converter - SpokenText.net - 14 views

  • What is SpokenText.net? SpokenText lets you easily convert text into speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically. Download your reccordings as .mp3 or .m4b (Audio Book) files (in English, French, Spanish and German)
  • great way to check your writing for grammar and spelling errors
  • What is SpokenText.net? SpokenText lets you easily convert text into speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically. Download your reccordings as .mp3 or .m4b (Audio Book) files (in English, French, Spanish and German)
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  • What is SpokenText.net? SpokenText lets you easily convert text into speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically. Download your reccordings as .mp3 or .m4b (Audio Book) files (in English, French, Spanish and German) of any text content on your computer or mobile phone.
  • Record books, articles,web pages, your papers class notes or any other text content
  • convert text into speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically.
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    SpokenText lets you easily convert text into speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically.
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    SpokenText converts any text into clear natural sounding speech. Convert documents, web pages or just copy and paste the text you want to convert, then learn while on the go
Peter Beens

You Are Not Special Commencement Speech from Wellesley High School - YouTube - 97 views

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    Awesome speech. Should be required watching in every classroom. 
Martin Burrett

croak.it - 7 views

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    This is a superb online recording tool where you can make a 30 second audio recoding at the touch of a button. Just share the short link to share your message. There are apps for mobile devices and a bookmarklet for quick access. It's a wonderful way to give homework/instructions and for students to ask questions when away from class. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Music%2C+Sound+%26+Podcasts
Martin Burrett

Talking Tom Cat 2 - 2 views

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    Help develop language skills for students who are having difficulty with this Android and Apple Device App with a cartoon cat that copies every sound you make and interacts in other ways. The basic free version has lots of functionality, but comes with banner ads. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Special+Educational+Needs
Steve Ransom

The fantasies driving school reform: A primer for education graduates - The Answer Shee... - 5 views

  • Richard Rothstein
  • In truth, this conventional view relies upon imaginary facts.
  • Let me repeat: black elementary school students today have better math skills than white students did only twenty years ago.
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  • As a result, we’ve wasted 15 years avoiding incremental improvement, and instead trying to upend a reasonably successful school system.
  • But the reason it hasn’t narrowed is that your profession has done too good a job — you’ve improved white children’s performance as well, so the score gap persists, but at a higher level for all.
  • Policymakers, pundits, and politicians ignore these gains; they conclude that you, educators, have been incompetent because the test score gap hasn’t much narrowed.
  • If you believe public education deserves greater support, as I do, you will have to boast about your accomplishments, because voters are more likely to aid a successful institution than a collapsing one.
  • Because education has become so politicized, with policy made by those with preconceptions of failure and little understanding of the educational process, you are entering a field that has become obsessed with evaluating only results that are easy to measure, rather than those that are most important. But as Albert Einstein once said, not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted, counts.
  • equally important educational goals — citizenship, character, appreciation of the arts and music, physical fitness and health, and knowledge of history, the sciences, and literature.
  • If you have high expectations, your students can succeed regardless of parents’ economic circumstances. That is nonsense.
  • health insurance; children are less likely to get routine and preventive care that middle class children take for granted
  • If they can’t see because they don’t get glasses to correct vision difficulties, high expectations can’t teach them to read.
  • In short, underemployment of parents is not only an economic crisis — it is an educational crisis. You cannot ignore it and be good educators.
  • To be good educators, you must step up your activity not only in the classroom, but as citizens. You must speak up in the public arena, challenging those policymakers who will accuse you only of making excuses when you speak the truth that children who are hungry, mobile, and stressed, cannot learn as easily as those who are comfortable.
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    An important read for anyone who truly wants to understand what's really important in education and the false reform strategies of our current (and past) administration.
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