An “Ah-Ha!” Moment Using My Favorite Text To Speech For Emergent Readers in G Suite

“Text To Speech” Can Be a Game Changer for Many Kids (& Teachers too!) This post is the fifth in my “Using Google Voice Tools” Series. In this blog post series, we will have talked about three creative ways in which Google has woven Voice Tools into its suite of apps and how I am currently using…

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Christmas Around the World – “Read To Me” Research For Elementary Using Google Chrome

3 Easy Steps to Independent Cultural Research for Low-Level Readers I thought it would be a good idea to offer a practical way to try out Google’s amazing “Text-To-Speech” capabilities using a holiday resource to plug into for your Cultural Social Studies unit since we are in the middle of a blog series exploring how…

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Using Google Voice Typing in Docs With Elementary Students

Why Use Google’s Voice Typing Tool? Increased Endurance for Documenting Ideas Find and Correct Writing Mistakes Access Multiple Modalities – Audio & Visual Dictate in over 100 languages that can then be translated in English I explain Google’s Voice Typing Tool to kids by saying- “Did you know that you can talk to your computer and…

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Using Google Voice Tools With Elementary Students- Introduction

If Google Was a Super Hero, I Am Pretty Sure That Voice Tools Would Be It’s Super Power! Technology allows us to accomplish things that have never been accomplished before and using Google’s speech-to-text capabilities, our children are now able to transpose their ideas from verbal expression into text form. This is a huge bonus in…

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Google Basics for Kids – Collaborating in Docs and Slides Series – Part 3 “Working Together”

Step #3- Working Together So far in this Teaching Kids to Collaborate Series, we have discussed the first two steps: Set-Up Rules– Most importantly, don’t erase others’ work and use the “Undo” command.        2. Assign Student Work – Color code assigned font for small groups and use an index slide for larger group…

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Reading Log with Written Response Choices and Leveled Book Links

As I began thinking about getting ready to set up my classrooms this year, one of my goals for this summer was to make some adjustments to my students’ weekly reading log.  The main changes were to post a link for “Just Right” book lists since I often get the question- “What books should my…

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My Top 55 “Must Have” Apps & Webtools for a Personalized K-3 Classroom

After four years of implementing a personalized classroom environment, I am often asked about my favorite apps and web tools to match our Common Core subject areas. This is just like asking a teenager what their favorite song is or asking an 8 year old what their favorite movie is. We are always evolving and…

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