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!
Posted on : 18-12-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : Making Words
Partner Activity: Use the above website as an individual or partner activity. As a partner activity, have students blast the letters that create the word they hear read aloud.
With the appearance of quality online virtual manipulatives, many traditionally paper and pencil activities have become opportunities to engage students with technology, as is the case with the following website.
Classroom Integration Ideas:
Students can create a printable flip book to demonstrate their understanding of multiple concepts. Here are a few examples:
Cause and Effect
Direct your students to create a flip book with alternating pages of causes and effects. Have them share their books with each other and turn the sharing into a prediction exercise. Have the student being presented to brainstorm potential effects from each cause in their partner’s book before flipping the page to see their partner’s chosen effect.
Posted on : 25-08-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : The Alphabet
1. Whole Class Instruction: Use the first two websites to share correct upper case and lower case letter formation with your students. Have students practice forming a letter on paper at their desks. Then have the animated pencil show how to form that letter so students can check their work.
Individual Practice: Teachers with interactive whiteboards can have their students write a letter in virtual ink and then click on the letter on the screen to see if the animated pencil’s letter matches their formation.