You can embed speech into emails to students and any shared message board or blog posts; ESL students may benefit from being able to hear words and phrases they key in. Students can also enter longer passages they've written and edit content that doesn't sound quite right when the passage is read aloud.
The site could potentially have additional applications, depending on specific class coursework, although the vocal quality poses some limitations. If its voices didn't sound so computerized, vozMe could be used in a theater class, for example, to display different intonation or character voices. Teachers could also use the technology to illustrate poetry. However, in its current format, kids aren't likely to recognize many nuances in vozMe's narration.Continue reading Show less
VozMe is a basic text-to-audio tool. Its design is extremely simple: You won't find much about how to use the site or who owns it. The sparse homepage essentially consists of a text box and a few links to similarly brief pages. The only contact information listed is an e-mail address; users can also get brief directions to install a browser bookmarklet that lets you highlight text you'd like to hear read aloud. The site also has instructions on adding its voice functionality to a WordPress, Blogger, or other website.
The conversion process is equally uncomplicated. Type text into the home page field, click the Create MP3 button, select a male or female voice, then listen to or save the MP3 to your computer. VozMe also offers an iGoogle gadget. (There's a link for a Facebook widget, too, but it doesn’t seem to work.)Continue reading Show less
VozMe is available in six languages: Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Catalan, and English. Users can't get translations from another language to English, but speakers who are learning one of those languages can find out how to pronounce words. VozMe also displays how long your file will take to play, so the site may be helpful in timed assignments, such as speeches. VozMe files can also potentially be paired with videos in a moviemaking application or a slideshow presentation. The functionality may also help students with different learning and linguistic backgrounds who would benefit from hearing text, instead of seeing it.
Teachers will need to find their own creative uses for the site, though; it doesn't really offer any classroom instruction -- or much instruction of any kind. Detailed directions, lesson plan tips, and background information on language, writing, and grammar would help increase the site's learning potential.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
|L.5: Vocabulary acquisition and Use|
|L.5.4c||Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.|
|L.6: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use|
|L.6.6||Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.|
|L.7: Knowledge of Language|
|L.7.3||Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.|
|Vocabulary Acquisition and Use|
|L.7.4c||Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.|
|L.7.6||Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.|
Reading Foundational Skills
|RF.5: Phonics and Word recognition|
|RF.5.3||Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.|
|RF.5.3a||Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.|
|RI.7: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.7.7||Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).|
|W.6: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.6.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.|