Showing posts from October, 2013

4 Speech/Voice to Text #iPad Apps

Wondering about speech to text iPad apps? That's a bit different than text to speech or OCR to speech solutions previously featured in this blog.

For now, these are the options I've seen that are focused on speech to text:

Dragon Dictation (Free) - "Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages"Voice Texting Pro (Free) - "...Speak into the microphone and convert your speech into text. Then directly send your message to e-mail, sms, Twitter or Facebook. You can also send it to your clipboard (copy) and paste the dictated text in any other application."Speech Notes (Free) - "Speech Notes is a note taking app that can convert speech with the help of internet connection. Just tap on mic button and once done hit again to start converting voice to text." Voice Assistant ($1.99) -  "Voice Assistant Translates Your Vo…

Listen to a Life Legacy Project Essay Contest #writing #students #txed #ec3ww

Students want their learning to be connected to the real world. That's exactly what the Listen to a Life Essay Contest is all about.

The Legacy Project's 14th annual essay contest changes lives and communities as it connects generations and gives students a powerful purpose for writing – listening to and learning from a life . Students learn about real life from real people, and often end up making unexpected friendships along the way.

Here's one amazing example of a past winning essay:

Here's a closer look at the educational value of the contest and 21st Century learning skills, with quotes from students and teachers across the country:

To enter the Listen to a Life Contest, students 8-18 years interview a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older about the older person's hopes and goals through their life, how they achieved their goals and …

OCR to Text to Speech

UPDATE:Voxdox announces free for education program!
"I'd like to find a way to scan text, then have that text read to the student." Isn't it great to have these kinds of questions that just wander in?

While there are a variety of computer programs available for optical character recognition (OCR), I had only encountered this on the PaperPort Notes app. That process, while fine for me, wouldn't work well for the intended use.

OCR is defined in this way:
Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. It is widely used as a form of data entry from some sort of original paper data source, whether documents, sales receipts, mail, or any number of printed records. It is a common method of digitizing printed texts so that they can be electronically searched, stored more compactly, displayed on-line, and used in machine processes …

Writing and Sharing with Digital Tools @dphillips51 #saacte13

Last night, my high schooler and I went to visit my 85-year old mother. As my son, shared his grades with my mother, much to her excitement that the babe she had played a significant part in raising was doing so well, we shared that he would be reading a poem at a school event (e.g. a "black box"). 
“Did you bring me a copy?” my Mom asked him. The boy looked at his ‘ita (Abuelita/Grandmother) with a look of consternation playing across his face. A moment later, he looked down at his iPhone and accessed GoogleDrive on his mobile device. In black-n-white, a multitude of pages slid into view. His entire library of writing was there, among them, the desired piece.

“Yes, iTa, I have it right here.” Of course, since the words on the handheld screen were too small for her old eyes to read, the poem had to be read aloud to her. As he scrolled through his pieces of writing in Google Drive, I realized that he had access to everything he’d ever written for class, right there in his mobil…

Dual Booting Linux Mint and Mac OS 10.9 Maverick

Prior to this week, OS 10.7/10.8 had co-existed with Linux Mint partition on a Macbook Air without incident. I was using rEFit project to dual boot to Linux and Mac, successfully. Unfortunately, when I upgraded to Macintosh OS 10.9 Maverick, my dual boot stopped working.

Although the Mac OS 10.9 was coming up without issue, Linux Mint wouldn't let me in. I'd get an error that would leave me at the grub line ;-)

To fix the problem, I switched to rEFind Boot Manager. On the Mac OS X side, I ran ./ at the command line (in Terminal app), but this didn't fix anything. To get it to work, I had to install with this option:

sudo ./ --alldrivers
The --alldrivers option made it work. Whew! By looking at the image at the top of this blog post, you can see that I had simply to choose the Ubuntu Logo (selected) and voila, it worked!

Thanks to the rEFind developer for the great documentation and work!

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Creating on the iPad - Shadow Puppet (updated)

Update 10/23/2013: Thanks to Shadow Puppet developer for responding to concerns I had! His response appears below... Hi Miguel -- I'm one of the developers of Shadow Puppet and really appreciate your trying it out and sharing your experience.
Sorry to hear that you ran into these issues. Hopefully these tips are of help:1. By default, the images are zoomed to fill the active area. If part of the photo appears off screen, you can tap the magnifying glass in the upper right corner to fit the full image on screen. If you'd prefer, you can also zoom while you're recording to direct the viewer's attention based on what you're saying.2. Video processing for longer puppets can take a little while. Because of this, we've designed the app so can switch out of it and do something else while its processing. When it's done you'll be notified. Sorry this wasn't clear -- we'll try to clarify that it works this way in a future update.
Thanks again for trying out …

#NESA Fall Festival - Celebrating #Writers @mysa #sanews #txed

Fall Stories and Poems both Haunted and Not Celebrating Autumn and Writers of the Past October 29, 2013 7-8:30 pm Please join us for an evening of fun and games, stories and poetry, and food and hot chocolate, and more! Find us on the outdoor classroom of Lee High School, located at the back of our campus near the football field.  This activity is a family friendly event!

$5.00 for 10 food and fun tickets!
Please share this invitation with friends!

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Job Posting - CTO #txed #edtech #edtechchat

This job posting is for the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Del Valle ISD...salary range is $105K minimum. Hmm....

Posting ID:POS20131022000002 Posting Start Date:10/22/2013Name:CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICERPosting End Date:11/05/2013Location:Edward A. Neal Administrative ComplexOverview:Primary Purpose:
The Chief Technology Officer, under the supervision of the Superintendent, provides overall leadership and direction in the development, and utilization of information systems and technology throughout the entire District. This is a cabinet level position.
Major Responsibilities and Duties: (The following statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions that may be assigned or skills that may be required.)
Professionalism The Educators' Code of Ethics is set forth in Texas Administrative Code to provide rules for standard practices and ethical conduct toward…