TGIF ~ May 28, 2010

Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gem ~ a website or application that might work well for you or your students

Read the Words is an online resource that will convert text to speech. Free accounts allow you to create recordings up to 30 seconds long. The finished recordings can be downloaded or embedded on a blog or webpage. This could be a great way to create audio files for students who have problems seeing or reading text. There are several voices to choose from and you can adjust the speed of the recording as well. (http://www.readthewords.com/Default.aspx)

Idea ~ a way to enhance your LFS lessons with technology

Students are good at making lists and even putting items in a list in order. Take this activity a step further and have your students construct support for their decisions about the ranking of the items on the list. Intel Education’s Visual Ranking Tool allows teachers to create a group of items for students to sort. Students can then add comments to each item defending their reasoning for the order. Students (or groups) can then share their lists and see how they compare. See the site for helpful information about using this tool, including project examples and instructional strategies. (http://educate.intel.com/en/ThinkingTools/VisualRanking)

Fact ~ Just a bit of information

Last week I sent a reminder about backing up your files to the network before you leave school for the summer. Another tip is to check to be sure that you don’t leave any CDs or DVDs in your computer’s disk drive. If your computer is being replaced, those disks will likely be gone forever.

Happy Memorial Day!

Anne

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