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!
Introduce students to non-standard measuring tools with this online video. After the first student on the video has measured the given distance in footsteps, pause the video and ask your students what result they would expect if another student were to measure the same distance in footsteps. What would happen to the measurement if the second student’s foot size was larger? What would happen if their foot size was smaller?
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.
Posted on : 09-12-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : Basic Facts
Whole Class Activities: Add variety and a new challenge to basic multiplication facts practice by asking your students to find missing factors in multiplication problems. Use the first three websites to demonstrate finding missing factors and for whole class practice with the skill.
Posted on : 03-11-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General
These two websites have many versatile uses sure to spice up your next classroom project. Voki.com allows students to create their own character and then record a message for the character to deliver. Blabberize.com allows students to upload a photo, outline the mouth, and then record a message so it appears as if the photo is speaking.
1. Oral reports and presentations are the two most obvious uses for these websites. If you have assigned reports on historical figures, consider having your students find a picture of their subject and record their report so the historical figure can tell the class about himself/herself.