In a 1:1 district, where every kid has a device, technology is always present and used every day. However, sometimes looking for all of the newest ways to integrate technology causes you not see the most obvious ones. This is how I felt when I read the chapter in Use Your Words about Technology Tools. Specifically, the section about “Text to Speech.”
My students have used “Text to Speech” before – to listen to text that is beyond their independent reading level, especially for research. However, Deveny says that she uses it daily in order to listen to her writing. Not in place of reading your text aloud, but in addition to what we ask the kids to do – you know the thing you are constantly reminding them of during conferring, but they never actually do?
Deveny suggests using the “Text to Speech” that is already part of your device to listen to your writing and revise/edit. Of course! This will be huge in writing workshop this year! It will become part of my writing checklist and I have a feeling kids will enjoy it (especially because you can change the accent of the voice), so they will actually use it!
Just one of the many insights I have gained from this book, useful in my writing life and in my writing workshop for my students.