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Five Suggested Uses for Read the Words.com

Posted on : 04-01-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : 3-6 Reading, K-2 Reading



The website: 


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! 



Classroom Applications:


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.


Comments (5)

What a great resource! I can think of so many times when I was teaching 4th grade that students would have loved using option number 4 for presenting in class.
My first year teaching, I had a student who did research on a NC Female Pirate. She dressed up like her pirate but was reluctant to give the presentation, so her mom recorded her voice on a tape to play while she just stood there. If she was doing that project today, this would be a great tool to use.

Emily, I love your additional ideas for using Read the Words in the classroom! Giving those students who are shy an extra boost of confidence to help them present in front of the class is an excellent idea. It may be just the encouragement they need to work up to presenting independently the next time.


That is a great example of when the site would be helpful for individual students. I wish I had known about Read the Words when I was still teaching because there were many of my students that would have benefited. Thank you for your comment!


Thank you for introducing me to Read the Words on your blog. I find so many great resources on iLearn Technology!

This is a service I have used and like. I’d like to make more and better use of it.