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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

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

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 —…

Sound Finder

SoundFinder

If you need help with pronunciation or rhyming, try SoundFinder¬†from¬†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.…