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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

 

It is that time of year again to celebrate and give thanks for life’s blessings. As we each celebrate according to our own customs and beliefs, this week’s post will help you carry forth old traditions in a not so traditional way. The Get the App and Go website features seven fun apps to add a new twist to the holiday fun. It features apps for scrapbooking, gaming, and painting. Check it out at http://www.get-app-and-go.com/thanksgiving-day.html

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

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NaturalReader

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NaturalReader

NaturalReader

NaturalReader is a text-to-speech App. It will read Microsoft files, webpages, PDF files, and e-mail attachments. It can also convert written text to audio files such as MP3 or WAV.

I downloaded the free version and it sounds pretty good, but you can tell it is a computer generated voice. On the free version you can only choose between a male or a female voice, but the paid version contains a number of different voice choices. You also have the ability to speed up or slow down the rate of speech.

A real plus for the reader is its ability to connect to Dropbox. It is a wonderful tool to use if you want to review lecture notes while you are doing household chores or just walking in the park. It is a perfect tool for the audio learner, class notes can be saved to Dropbox and can be listened to at any time. The Natural Reader works on both the iphone and ipad. Check it out at http://www.naturalreaders.com/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

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9 Word Cloud Generators That Aren’t Wordle

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Word Cloud

Word Cloud

Edudemic has develop a list of 9 generators to develop your own word clouds. Word clouds are artistic displays of words for visual learners. The most popular generator is Wordle, but there are often problems using it because of the Java requirement. This list of generators may help the Wordle restricted users.

There are 9 generators reviewed and many allow additional features not available in Wordle. One such case includes Tagul, which permits personalized shapes and multiple fonts. Check it out at http://www.edudemic.com/2013/08/9-word-cloud-generators-that-arent-wordle/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

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14 Best Free Audio Editor

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Audio Editors

Audio Editors

Reaper is a compact, downloadable digital audio workstation. It is one of 14 audio recording and editing program featured on this website. Some are free and some have only a free trial period. Some of the featured editors are Audacity, Tunekitten, and Twisted Wave. Many of these tools will allow you to record, arrange, edit, mix, layer and render audio. Check it out at http://mashable.com/2013/07/27/editor-audio-free/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-tech-link#_.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

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