Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Practice Telling Time with Online Resources

Students may need extra practice with telling time.  The online resources below provide interactive  practice with telling time.

Bang on Time is a fast-paced FUN game that has students read the time in words and then stop the clock when the hands are in the matching position. As you get better at the game, you can increase the speed of the hands for an additional challenge.

Stop the Clock is similar to the Bang the Clock game but in this game students must drag the five digital times to the correct analog clock then press STOP THE CLOCK to record your time.

Clockwise is a game where you click anywhere on the clock face to move the big hand (the small hand moves automatically) and then press done.

ABCYa's Time Travel game has many different levels and allows you to choose between analog and digital clocks to practice with.

Bedtime Bandits is a fun game that has students match the digital time to the time on a clock. 

Clockworks gives students practice setting the clock to a given time. 

Set the Clock is a game that is played by pressing the arrows on the bottom of the clock to go forward or backwards and match the given time. 

Time Teller is a game where students must drag the hands of the clock to show the correct time.
When you think you have the right time, just press OK.

Clock Rotate has a clock face that has been rotated.  You job is to figure out the time it shows.

Nash's Adventures is a fun game that includes some time telling. 

Time has three different games- Telling the time, AM or PM?, and The 24 Hour Clock. 

Hickory Dickory Dock Clock is a game that has students match the time in words to the correct clock.

What's the Time Mr. Wolf? is a neat time game that is based on the Little Red Riding Hood Story.

Time Tunnel ~ Fly your ship through a tunnel collecting fuel and avoiding depletors. Break the time gates with intervals of half, quarter, five minutes and minutes.

Time Keeper ~ Burt the Bird wants to help you fix your clocks. Pick the clock that shows the correct time. Four different difficulties including half-hour, quarter-hour, five minutes, and minutes.

How to Teach Kids to Tell Time - help for parents

Other resources:

Friday, April 12, 2013

Text to Speech

iSpeech is the best Text to Speech online utility that I have used so far.  It allows you to convert text into natural human voices from a list of voices online and download them to your computer. They also have the facility of converting your uploaded documents into voices. The downside of this online utility is that the free account only allows you to convert voices up to 1 minute only. A paid account offers unlimited time.

- First select the text you want it to read.
- Then click the icon to start listening.
- When it is ready to read, the number of sentences is shown on the icon.
- To stop listening at any time click pause

An embed code for the player will be given to you to paste on you blogs/sites. This is all done in just a few seconds.

iSpeech is a very interesting service. It will allow educators to reach out to students and parents in a different form via blogs or sites. Text and audio can be available side by side. It will give users more options on how they will take in the content.

Bonus feature:
Most browsers also they have an extension by which you can select a particular text and read it aloud. Chrome users can download "Speekit" extension Here.

Example Recording < click to play

Educators - Use Text to Speech for Learning
Speech to text programs are a proven way of assisting individuals with learning disabilities to improve their writing skills.

Other Text-to-Speech Websites:
19 Websites That Convert Text To Speech for Free

Monday, April 8, 2013

Math Trail: Powered by GoogleMaps

Math Trail from HeyMath! is a series of map-based math trivia challenges. Each game follows a trail of locations that students have to find by using the clues provided. When they arrive at the correction location students have to answer the multiple choice math question presented to them before moving on to the next question in the trail. Math Trail provides a nice blend of geography questions and math questions appropriate for 5th to 8th(+) grade students.

Students can choose an Olympic trail, 7 Wonders, Towers, Rivers, Eminent Mathematicians, Famous Islands, Cricket or Ramanujan trails. To begin, students choose a trail and then click on the “start” button.  A list of instructions pops up.  In each trail, math questions are hidden around the map.  Students zoom in within the map to the location suggested by the clue.  There are little balloons located all over the map.  If students struggle to find the location, they can click the “show location” button at the bottom.  At the bottom of the page, there is a white box that holds clues.  When students reach a location, they are given a math challenge to complete.  At each location, students have the opportunity to earn a gold coin.

FYI:  There doesn't appear to be a guide for level of difficulty for math questions used with each trail & they are not labeled with Common Core standards. These trails are great for students to explore on their own, but you could have students go through a trail together using the interactive whiteboard.