Friday, May 15, 2015

Tellegami - Quickly create animated video messages

Tellagami, a free *mobile app that lets you create short animated movies called "Gamis."
*(iPhone, iPad, or Android)
After downloading the Tellagami app, you can begin by creating and customizing a character. The free version doesn't offer many options in virtual appearance, but there are just enough options to personalize your character. You can choose a background either from a few provide by the app itself or your camera roll. I uploaded a picture I took of a computer lab.  You could take a picture at the front of the classroom and have your character introduce yourself to the class. It can also be embedded on your class website.

You have options for how your animation comunicates your message.  Your can choose for your character to talk, either by recording your voice or typing in text. If you record your voice, you have 30 seconds. If you choose text to speech, there are male and female voices with a few different accents. 

"Check out this Gami!"

Classroom ideas: 
  • Have your character tell a story.
  • Pick a person in history and have them introduce themselves
  • Use a plant cell as the background and have the character name and discuss the function of each part of the cell.
  • Recite a famous poem or speech
  • Students read a poem they wrote
  • Take a trip or go back in time and describe where the location/time period
  • Speak in Spanish, French, Mandarin or any language

When you are all done, Gamis can be emailed or use the shared link or embed code. You also have options to post on social media.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Voice To Text Dictation - Online

Speech Recognition in the Browser

With Dictation, you can use the magic of speech recognition to write emails, narrate essays and long documents in the browser without touching the keyboard.  This is a great tool for students with special needs or modifications requiring dictate to scribe.

Online Dictation is a free to use web tool that converts your speech into text. All you have to do is visit the site and click on the microphone icon on the homepage, next to the page’s title. Next you speak a sentence into your microphone; the speech is processed, converted to text, and displayed. Any errors can be manually removed by clicking on the text and making it editable. You can also copy the text and use it somewhere else by pasting it.

To get started, just connect the microphone to your computer and click the Start Dictation button.

Dictation uses your browser's local Storage to save all the transcribed text automatically as you speak. That means you can close the browser and it will resume from where you left off.

Chrome App:
Voice Recognition
Type with your voice. Dictation turns your Google Chrome into a speech recognition app.
The app internally uses the built-in speech recognition engine of Google Chrome to transform your voice into digital text.

Speak in your Native Language

You don't have to speak in English as Chrome's engine can recognize quite a few languages including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Malay, Indonesian and more. Dictation will automatically determine your browser's default launguage and uses it for subsequent transcriptions.


  • A user-friendly web service.
  • Can convert speech to text.
  • Converted text can be edited and copied.
  • Shows instructions on how to use speech-to-text on your website.
  • Similar tools: TalkTyper, Stop Typing and PaperPort.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Gynzy ~ Get the out of your interactive whiteboard!

It lets you use your computer just like a smartboard without the complicated interface and the multitude of complicated options. There are several characteristics about Gynzy:

User friendly interface

First of all, If you like Smart boards/Active boards, but you are looking for a user friendly version of the basic software, then Gynzy is just you. It also works with all brands of interactive whiteboards! So teachers don't have to use the software developed to run on the brand of the board you purchased. This saves so much time and effort, this cannot be stressed enough. Teachers do not have to worry about the Activinspire / Smartboard issues. Gynzy is such a great resource for teachers struggling with time constraints!

Common Core aligned 

Gynzy offers hundreds of ready-made lesson plans for each grade level (K-8th) and common core standard.

Free for 6 months

Instructors first have to create a free account on Gynzy’s website. They then must log into their Gynzy account in order to access lessons and utilize various tools. These lessons can consequently be shared online for students to access everywhere through any data hosting websites

  • For teachers, parents and other individuals - $79 per year / $9.95 per month
  • School: Site license (unlimited teachers per building) - $796 per year
  • District subscription

Easy tab system

Its friendly interface works with a tab system that separate your whiteboard in four different sections: the board section, the tool section, the lesson section and the favorite section. The board section is the whiteboard display section where the class content is displayed during class. The tool section will be explored later and the lesson and favorite sections are the placeholders for your created lessons and your favorite lessons from other teachers.

Free tool section

The tool section hosts all the tools used with the program. Some of those tools are add-ons such as activity creator, timers and quiz maker used to build work and lesson to use in classroom.  For its part, the lesson section is the place where every lesson created is conveniently stocked and classified by alphabetical order or by customized categories. Finally, the favorite section contains ever lesson made other teachers that you liked and that you would like to use during your class. Gynzy is great for teachers, but it is also a plus for students since four convenient options are available quickly and easily for the teacher to use in order to help students understand better.

Chrome App available: