Names Pronunciation Tools

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More and more international people work in different countries, we therefore inevitably encounter the moment that we need to call someone’s name. Also if you graduated from a university, you wouldn’t ignore the moment when vice-chancellor was calling each individual’s name, especially the international student’s name. To avoid mispronunciation and to help people pronounce your name correctly, you can use some tools to assist.

Hear Names allows you to hear the pronunciation of difficult names. I checked a few Chinese names. As it’s recorded by Chinese native speakers so the pronunciation is correct. However (1) it only covers common Chinese surnames. (2) I searched my name (no matter what order I used), it showed as Thai Girl Names and the pronunciation is in Thai. (3) It doesn’t include Welsh yet.

Inogolo is a easy-to-use website that provides the English pronunciation of the names of people, places, and miscellaneous stuff. I searched my name. It has my first name, but no my surname. Its pronunciation was recorded by English native speakers so the Chinese pronunciation is not as correct as the way Chinese native speakers will say. Generally speaking it’s better than the recorded pronunciation from the VOA Pronounce website.

NameCoach allows users to voice-record their names online so others can easily learn and remember how to call them. It’s handy and the pronunciation is correct as it’s recorded by the person themselves.

Pronounce Names is a website that allows you to record your name and add it into the dictionary so that people can learn its pronounce.

The Name Engine is a website provides audio name pronunciations of athletes, entertainers, politicians, newsmakers, and more.

VOA Pronounce is the resource that helps you to find how to pronounce names correctly, quickly and easily. I checked a few Chinese names. As it’s pronounced by English native speakers, the Chinese pronunciation is still not as correct as the way Chinese native speakers will say.

Baby Names of Ireland helps you to check pronunciation of Irish Names.

Behind the Name is a website for learning about all aspects of surnames.

Nordic Names is a personal website that for people to learn first names.

Learning Technology tools

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I come across this source “50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today“.

Although I have used applications like those to some extent, there are 40% tools I didn’t know.

  • Animoto – an online video maker that turns your photos, video clips and music into video in minutes.
  • Educreations – a global community that people can create and share video lessons online.
  • FlipSnack – allows people to turn PDF files into amazing interactive books.
  • GCFLearnFree.org® – a free online learning resources for anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.
  • GoAnimate – allows people to create animated videos and share with others.
  • LiveBinders – a bookmarking tool  installed on browser tool bar. It allows users to add web pages directly into one of the binders or a new binder in their account by clicking on the “LiveBinder It” link.
  • Poll Everywhere – is live real time audience response voting with SMS, laptop, or twitter. It is free for audiences of 40 people or less.
  • popplet – a collaborative brainstorming tool. It allows users to visualize ideas.
  • Socrative – a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games.
  • Smore – allows people to design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly.
  • Thinkfinity – is the Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community, providing access to over 60,000 educators and experts in curriculum enhancement, along with thousands of award-winning digital resources for K-12 — aligned to state standards and the common core.
  • Weebly – a easy tool to help people create a free website and a free blog.
  • Wix – a free website builder.

Personally I feel many these applications are not for Higher Education specifically.

  • Blabberize – a free web 2.0 tool that allows people to quickly create talking photos. Simply upload a photo, select a part of the photo where  you want it speak, and record your audio. Instantly, Blabberize will compile those elements together and you’ll get a talking characters.
  • ClassDojo – a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.
  • Edmodo – a social learning platform for teachers, students, and parents. By looking at the demo, it pretty much likes Blackboard.
  • i-SAFE – is a blended compliance enterprise solution that combines the power of technology, traditional curriculum and the influence of social media to educate and empower students through cutting-edge e-Safety education platforms.

Batlyrics

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Batlyrics is a music editing tool that help teaching songs in the classroom. It allows users to search for song lyrics that 80% has videos.

Podcasting applications

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Got 7 useful Podcasting tools:

  • Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
  • Audioboo is a platform of choice for anyone who wants to record, listen or share audio.
  • Chirbit is a useful and fun tool that enables you to record,upload and share your voice or audio files easily.
  • Freecorder is a free application provided by Applian Technologies to save video and audio from the web, and convert to many popular formats.
  • Juice is technically a “Media Aggregator”, a program that allows you to select and download audio files from anywhere on the Internet to your desktop.
  • RecordForAll allows for you to easily record, and edit audio files. A free evaluation version available.
  • Wavosaur is a free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files.

Other resources:

Camtasia Studio

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Camtasia Studio is a screen recorder. You can create interactive training and support videos that are on-demand for instant viewing. It’s provided by TechSmith, the same provider to Jing.

Soundsnap

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Soundsnap is a community driven online sound library. It features 100,000 high quality sound effects and music loops from Hollywood sound designers and cutting edge music producers.