Ready for an interesting virtual sound experience? For that, you need a pair of headphones and close your eyes. click on the presentation below and DO CLOSE YOUR EYES. It´s unbelievable how true the sounds seem to be.
Discovered this site via Tony Watt. Readthewords.com converts any text, blog, document or RSS into an audio file you can download to your i-pod to listen to. You can select the reading speed and the voice/avatar which is going to read it (male or female).
Check how it works:
How can we use this with sts?
Students could convert texts to audio files to help them study.
Students can use it to see the pronunciation of a given set of words.
This would be an indefinite source of listening material which could be personalised.
The teacher could use it to convert a text into an audio file and use it in class for dictation.
Or send the audio file to sts at home, have them listen, write down and hand in the dictation.
This is a text about a Brazilian composer called Heitor Villa Lobos which I converted into an audio file.
After creating the audio file you can download it to your computer, grab the embed code to post it in a blog , get the mp3 file link or even send it to someone by e-mail.
Easy. Go to BLIP.FM , create your free account and start blipping. You can search songs by artist or track. Some blips have audio only and others include video clips from Youtube. It´s similar to facebook but with songs. You can create your own playlist, listen to what other people are listening, add friends and listen to their radio station too.
I´d like to share some sites I´ve been bookmarking at http://diigo.com under the tag GRAMMAR. In order to share them, I´ve saved them under a list called GRAMMAR , clicked on view webslide and got the widget which is just below. This is a nice way of sharing sites with colleagues or even with your students.
Cultura EDtech is an online course for BRAZILIAN EFL teachers interested in integrating technology with education.
A new group starts on 01/12/09 and for 3 months we'll be learning how to create class blogs where teachers can share material with students and we'll also explore several webtools in order to devise lesson plans integrating them to our content.
The course is going to follow a very manageable pace and participants will be able to ask for synchronous and asynchronous help.
Watch a video about Cultura Edtech.
A virtual poster about the course .
If you´re interested in joining us, send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I´ll send you more information.