Posted on : 04-01-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : 3-6 Reading, K-2 Reading
I first learned of this site on www.ilearntechnology.com and was excited about the potential applications for classrooms. Read The Words allows users to paste text into a box, and choose one of fifteen virtual readers to read the text aloud. (Note: Each reader has a unique voice and some have accents or speak in other languages.)
You can control the reader’s speed and pitch, and the audio can be listened to online, downloaded to an mp3 player, or posted on a website. In approximately one minute, you can generate an hour long recording!
The website contains ideas for practical use of the application. Here are five additional classroom application suggestions:
1) Record audio of your shared reading text and post it to your classroom website for students to listen to at home or during center time to review the story.
2) Record audio of a chapter book a chapter at a time for struggling readers. Download to an .mp3 player for students to listen to while reading along.
3) Record fluency passages and save to your classroom computer. Have students read the passage aloud with the virtual reader to practice pacing.
4) For students reluctant to present in front of the class, have a student input the text of an original story or oral report and have the virtual presenter share the information with the whole class.
5) Record difficult vocabulary words and their definitions and save on your computer for students to review during center time.
Note: As with any automated reading software, pronunciations can differ, so be sure to double check your final recordings.