I really believe in the power of ebooks with audio, the power of text to speech technology, to help our students learn. You'll find loads of that on EFL Classroom 2.0
. Thus, my constant promotion of TTS- through English Central
, the Tarheel Reader
and all sorts of other tools like Powertalk
. So I'm happy to introduce the small, new, but growing MeeGenius site.
On MeeGenius, you can read books with text to speech support. They are mostly for young learners and mostly, the classics. Fairy Tales, folktales etc.... The voices are terrific and best, the text is highlighted as the words are read. Perfect for children to follow along and gain specific phonemic awareness and reading skills. Try this, "The Princess and the Pea."
But here is what I LOVE about Mee Genius. You can adapt the books, personalize the books!!!!!
Personalization offers huge, attractive benefits and it is simple. You just click "Personalize" instead of "read" and then add the names of the characters you want. So for example, you can use the names of your students and really make learning, storytelling fun and personal. Amazing! The only wrinkle is that you have to register to personalize the books and to my knowledge, they haven't added voice to the personalized books yet....
Try it out and let us know what you think....