Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Immersive Reader

Microsoft has come out with a new tool called Immersive Reader.  
Immersive Reader reads text out loud while providing visual cues to help students follow along.  It is built into most Microsoft programs, including Word, OneNote and Minecraft Education Edition.  
It offers some voice controls along with some text preference and background color options. It can color code parts of speech, label them and break words into syllables.  It also offers a Picture Dictionary as well as Translation to over 60 languages.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

26 Must-Watch TED Talks

Who has heard of TED Talks?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to sharing  ideas on a variety of topics.  TED began as a conference that brought together the world’s most innovative people in Technology, Entertainment and Design to deliver short yet powerful talks in 18 minutes or less.  Today TED Talks cover almost all topics in more than 100 languages.

TED Talks can be a phenomenal classroom resource for engaging students and sparking meaningful conversations. Take a look at the list of TED Talks in the link from We Are Teachers below.  How can you use them to engage the students in your classroom?

26 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions (https://tinyurl.com/yyry6bw3)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Classroom Noise Monitor Apps

If you don't already follow We Are Teachers (https://www.weareteachers.com/) you might want to consider it.  They have a TON of classroom ideas and free printables available.  I do follow We Are Teachers and I get an email from them weekly.  

This weeks email included a short list of Classroom Noise Monitor Apps that I thought would be helpful in a number of situations.  Most of the "apps" are actually websites, with one Google app thrown in.  The websites work on all computers, Chromebooks and tablets (iPad and Android).  These apps could be used by you, as the teacher, for the whole class or by individual students to help him/her monitor his/her own noise level. 
Please take the time to read the article and try one out with your classroom today.

5 Classroom Noise Monitor Apps to Help Calm the Chaos (https://tinyurl.com/y6p8aoa2) 
by Jill Staake 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Claro MagX

Claro MagX is a FREE app that turns your wireless device into a powerful high-definition visual magnifier. It is available for iOS, Android and for Chromebook.

There are NO in-app purchases and NO in-app advertising.

Claro MagX offers a wide range of magnification (maximum 16x times zoom), high contrast and color viewing options to make the text easier to read.

It is easy to use, simply pinch to zoom in and out. You can also take a photo, freeze the image and choose which mode you prefer for viewing. Claro MagX offers four options for viewing: normal, invert, two-color and greyscale.

Check out Claro MagX for yourself and learn about all of the viewing options through exploration.

Claro MagX for Android(https://tinyurl.com/yy3tkvv2)

Claro MagX for iOS

Claro MagX for Chrome