A great tool that a co-worker shared with me at our last UDL workshop was Text to Speech tool on Macs. I was looking at the UDL tools and it discussed the text to speech option on Word, but my students do not have access to Word at school. I have been using the Text to Speech with my students almost daily in my Skills room. I tell my students that they need to read their writing assignments out loud to themselves to start the editing process. Most are reluctant to do this. The are all excited to hear the computer read their stories. Students are now hearing that many of the sentences they are writing, not reading and passing in to be graded, do not make sense. Once we got past "playing with voices" it enhanced the editing process greatly.
Great idea Tricia. I'm going to try that with my students that have trouble recognizing their edits. Thanks Marcy
Way to go Tricia! I know that you incorporate a variety of techniques and technologies to support the diverse learners in your charge! I'm glad you found yet one more tool to use!
A wonderful example of Checkpoint 3.3 - Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation-- where by providing immediate feedback, students are transferring that information into knowledge and becoming more independent in their ability to comprehend and evaluate their own work. Glad to hear it's working so well for you and the students.
I saw this used at a summer workshop. It is great... maybe you can give me a refresher on how to use it?? Would love to stop by.
It might be great to show us how to use this at a faculty meeting. I personally would love a way that goes Speech to text and have our class discussions recorded so that kids could go home with a copy of notes for discussions... there wouldbe so many directions with which to go once I knew that all kids had access to discussion as a reference for essays, or later discussions, or open response questions, etc.
What fun Tricia........!!!!!!!! what principal/guideline/checkpoint is that....
Also, I did 2 activities with my 6th grade class. Does anyone remember PRINCIPLE, GUIDELINE, CHECKPOINT locations for Bitstrips ?
I found it the first day at the workshop and forgot to write down where i found it!!!!!! Thanks to all. joannes.g.
Have you (or anyone) used "Speech to Text" tools at all? Dragon is the one I hear advertised often. I wonder whether the speech recognition abilities are as good as they sound.
The Text to Speech sounds like a great use of technology to get students to do something they would not do otherwise!
One of my students uses Dragon in the classroom. This is a program that would need to be purchased by the school or Special Education Dept. if appropriate.
There is a free Dragon app for the ipad that does a pretty good job. But it requires having an ipad. It does decently for one person and gets better over time (when used consistently by one person). It does well enough in a group discussion to catch key words and phrases to remind what a discussion was about, but not a transcript.
Dragon is the best but it takes a lot of training and the materials and user interface are not easy to understand.
Tricia, a great idea. I sometimes require students to read their own writing orally in class. It really helps them notice mistakes and make corrections. I'm always encouraging them to do it at home also, but most of them don't do this. Using the text-to-speech is a good resource that they may be able to use at home.