TalkTyper – Speech Recognition in a Browser

An easy to use web app that gives you free speech to text dictation in a browser.

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Free speech to text dictation software in a browser.

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Interesting Visual Featuring 27 Ways to Be An Effective Teacher ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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27 Ways to be an effective classroom teacher:

Get plugged into the best teachersMaintain contact with the familyRead up on the best teaching techniquesInvestigate new discoveries with the classIncorporate music into the classroomChallenge your students just beyond their present reachIncorporate social mediaReward a great attemptExperiment in the classroomCreate a global perspectiveEncourage lots of questioningDon’t band-aid or cover up student confusionGive your students all the tools to succeedGet lots of sleepMaintain healthy eatingDon’t raise your voice. Maintain your controlDon’t pull teeth. encourage students alongGrow along with your classAnchor your lesson in their worldMaintain your energy levelFind the key to each student’s success and use itEncourage out of the box thinkingAllow students to express themselves using the artsLet the students erase yesterday and start with a clean slate each dayStop the lecture and let students speakChat with your studentsReach out to struggling students and successful students.

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How I Know My Students Are Reading at Home

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I remember the reading logs well, my brothers hastily whipping them out Sunday night asking my mom to sign off that they had read x number of minutes.  My mother never checked, she did not want to be the reading police, after all, she knew my brothers read.  She didn’t care how many minutes or which book, all that mattered was that at some point their eyes met something to read. A great post by Angela Watson got me thinking, how do I know my students are reading if I don’t check their reading log?  How do I know that at some point their eyes meet a text?  There are many ways actually.

  • I watch their reaction.  Kids who read want independent reading time.  Kids who are in a great part of a book want time to find out what will happen next.  Kids who slowly get…

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Chasing Imperfection.

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Hello after a long and joyful break from blogging. Joyful (and long) because our time was spent loving and learning this little guy:

Bo. Bo.

As many of you know, becoming a parent is a steep learning curve.

Just kidding. We haven't done this. (Yet.) http://www.antalik.com/baby-instructions/ Just kidding. We haven’t done this.
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It took us awhile to get pregnant. At some point, we had to accept that our story was not going to be”perfect.” And while that was tough, it helped prepare us for the first weeks of Bo’s life. Because – spoiler alert – having a newborn is not a “perfect” experience. It is beautiful, full of love and laughter, but not perfect. Let’s be clear – the baby is perfect in our eyes. But we are not. Far from it.

Like, I have, um, a friend who forgot to put the diaper on right and was greeted with a whiz to the face. Or, er, another friend

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