Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is a free voice-to-text app for iPhone and iPad. There’s an Android app called Dragon Mobile Assistant that appears to be the same/similar, is also free and is made by the same people, but I have not tried it. This is what the icon looks like: With this app, you can recored your…

Daily Prompts & Weekly Photo Challenges

Daily Prompts is a collection of writing prompts at a site called The Daily Post. It’s another good place to go to get ideas for something to write — and speak! — about if you’re at a loss for topics. Here are two recent prompts I thought would be fun to write and talk about:…

OpenTED

We’ve talked about TED Talks in most classes, and also TED-Ed and TEDict in some classes. Now there’s something new from TED: OpenTED. It’s a place where you can share your own ideas, TED-style. If you want to submit your own video — or even a video someone else made that has inspired you —…

SoundFinder

If you need help with pronunciation or rhyming, try SoundFinderĀ fromĀ Lesson Pix. You can use for free, without signing up. Here’s their tutorial video: The other day, we were talking about rhyming (using some of the news limericks from the NPR podcast “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”) and I challenged students to make their own limerick.…