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AudioPal - Free internet audio mp3 player for personal websites

AudioPal - Free internet audio mp3 player for personal websites | technologies |
Make a Free mp3 audio player & embed audio on any website. Use text-to-speech, mic, or upload mp3! Make an interactive website with AudioPal (no player download needed)! Get your free player.
John Dalziel's insight:

AudioPal, a free service, offers three way to create short audio messages to embed in any web presence.
Users can...
   - record using the microphone connected to their computer;
   - record by calling AudioPal's phone system; or
   - create a message by using AudioPal's text-to-speech function.
AudioPal has many potential uses within education but does require users enter an email address in order to access the embed code and sharing links.

If learners don't have email accounts, practitioners could set-up a classroom Gmail account that all learners enter.

All of the AudioPal messages that their learners create would then go to that one email account that they manage.

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WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word

WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word | technologies |
WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.


Do you and/or your learners proof read their work?


When producing documents,I always read the text out loud and, quite often, recorded it at the same time, using Audacity.


That way I spot mistakes that my eyes often miss and I also have the text in a format many learners/colleagues preferred (Audio/mp3 files)


Many people wouldn't be comfortable doing that and prefer text to speech tools.


There are plenty of add-ons to do this task in a browser, but for desktop programs like Microsoft Word, they are a little harder to come by.


WordTalk is an example of a text-to-speech plug-in for Microsoft Word, and best of all, it’s completely free.


WordTalk has all the features users need from a text-to-speech program.


As the text is read, the text is highlighted making it easier to follow along with the audio.


Users can...

- change the colour of the highlight to match their preferences.

- change the speed at which the program reads the text.

- also save the speech for listening to later (WAV or MP3)

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SoundGecko | technologies |

SoundGecko is a service that let’s users listen to any article on the web, on the go, anywhere.


Many learners/practitioners etc., commute to their learning environment and back every day, spending up to 40 minutes or more on the bus/train etc.


SoundGecko provides an easier way to catch up/keep up with web content, without squinting at the tiny text on their mobile - they just listen.


There’s three different ways of sending articles to SoundGecko: website, email or a browser (Chrome) plugin.


In a matter of seconds, SoundGecko will send users an email with a link to the MP3 file that they can listen to, on any device.


Users can do all of this for free, without downloading an app and without registration.


If users do register, they get to use the iPhone app and also Google Drive/Dropbox sync that lets them listen to all your articles easily. 

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Listen - Convert Text to Speech (MP3) Online

Listen - Convert Text to Speech (MP3) Online | technologies |
Listen is an online text to MP3 conversion tool to help you convert written words into spoken voice using Google's Text to Speech API.
John Dalziel's insight:

This is a text-to-speech application that converts typed words into audio.
Listen's daily quota has been dropped and users can now enjoy unlimited sessions.
Idealfor learners who find it difficult to read but, can understand spoken English.

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10 Creative Uses For Audacity

10 Creative Uses For Audacity | technologies |

Audacity,as many of you are already aware, is a free cross-platform application for recording and mixing audio, which also happens to be incredibly powerful and versatile.


Many practitioners and/or learners use Audacity for podcasts or music mixing, but that’s not all it’s good for.


There are so many fantastic things you can do with a program as versatile as Audacity.


This post takes readers through some of the best ideas and provides a few pointers on how to get started doing them themself.


Download Audacity and let’s get started with...
- Multi-Track Music Recording
- Podcasting & Radio
- Record Speeches, Audition Material, Adverts & Voice-Overs
- Recording Audio From Applications
- Practise Foreign Languages And Record Yourself
- Create Audiobooks For Kids Or For Project Gutenberg
- Create Karaoke Backing Tracks
- Record Your Brainwaves
- Make Cool Ringtones
- Improve Reading Skills & Speech By Recording Kids Reading

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Different ways in which you can use Audacity in a class room.
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Freeware | MP3 Skype Recorder

Freeware | MP3 Skype Recorder | technologies |
Freeware MP3 Skype recorder is absolutely free automatic Skype call recording tool for windows Skype users.


Some Learning Providers are ditching traditional phones, including mobiles, for the super cheap alternative known as Skype.


Hard working Assessors are wanting to save assessment calls to use as evidence in (e)Portfolios. This free software tool will let them record Skype calls!


I've spent many months trying out such recording software and this I've found to be one the best of free Skype recorders: MP3 Skype Recorder.

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