Audio to text conversion : great tool for your capsules !

speech logger

Speechlogger is a great speech recognition (speech to text) and instant voice translation web app. It runs Google’s speech-to-text technologies for the best results. The only web app with auto-punctuation, auto-save, timestamps, in-text editing capability, transcription of audio files, export options (to text and captions) and more. No user registration needed & it’s completely free!

Possible use-case are: voice typewriter (speech to text); real time automatic-interpreter (instant translator from voice to text & voice); hearing aid; caption phone; subtitles generator and more. Compatible with your PC, Chromebook, laptop, Windows & Android devices, phones & tablets (running a Chrome browser).

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The ‘audio selfie’ — a different kind of interview evolves at StoryCorps

An idea to be pondered and adapted to our weekly classroom routines / projects

TED Blog

StoryCorps-app With the StoryCorps app, people are taking ‘audio selfies.’ Photo: David Andrako Photography

A few weeks ago, I was driving to the grocery store listening to an interview between a mother and daughter, Elizabeth and Sara Bell. I was astonished to hear the intimacy of their conversation. Elizabeth wants to interview her mother, who is 65 and suffering from dementia, because she is afraid that the disease will take away her mother’s ability to speak. She says, “I want to record your voice so I can listen to it over and over.”

Her mother has such a moving response. “Oh well, listen to this,” she says: “I love you, I love you, I love you!”

So many thousands of interviews have been pouring in since we launched the StoryCorps app at TED2015 that we’re struggling to keep up with them. I listen on the subway, on the way to…

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5 tips for shifting your pedagogy

MrWise.com

1. Accept that schools don’t have a monopoly on learning.

People, and especially children, are inherently curious, and learn through necessity and purpose. Just because you teach a lesson on something doesn’t mean students will learn anything. What are your students passionate about? What can they not wait to get home to do? What are they learning despite your classes? Engage in this world and you’ll see real learning.

2. Try one thing

Don’t be daunted by the unlimited possibilities available to you. There’s new gadgets, jargon and trends all over the place and you can’t be expert in anything overnight. Just pick one thing to try this unit/week/lesson and have a go. If it doesn’t work – take the advice you would give your students – reflect and try again.

3. Do something you don’t intend to assess

Just let the students go – just for one task and…

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QR pets can help !

Great idea I had been digging for weeks… I owe its author a lot, and I sure will adapt it ! Thank you !

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“L’idée ? Placer quatre QR-Code sur la tête de ce singe et le faire réaliser par les élèves.

Traiter un point du programme de façon ludique

Ce singe sera réalisé en classe de 6ème. En effet, l’étude du cube est au programme de ce niveau. Chaque élève réalisera la construction.

Sur la tête du singe, il y aura quatre QR-code permettant de donner un lien direct à partir d’un terminal numérique. L’un permettra un envoi de mail direct au professeur avec un corps de texte pré-rempli pour apprendre aux élèves à rédiger un mail.”…

Lire la suite, ici.

Making boards smarter…

Your don’t have to turn to expensive software solutions to use your smartboard creatively…

Depending on what I need, I choose the portable app ( i.e. app folder directly copied to USB stick works most of the time, or else, USB-installed ) on the fly.

Here are the ones I daily use, and hope this helps…

Open-Sankoré

Smoothboard

Point to fix

Gribouilli

Similar to point to fix… worth trying…

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