TECH TALK! A conversation with Joe Dale (modern foreign language teaching consultant, EdTech guru) about the use of ChatGPT in English teaching and learning. Lots of recommendations, tips and tricks for saving time and combining ChatGPT with other software including Google Chrome extensions.
Online Communities that Joe mentioned
Google Chrome Extentions
- Magical – a tool which helps you to write text without having to write it out each time. Useful if you tend to write the same thing a lot, over and over.
- Canned Replies – similar to Magical
- Voice Control for ChatGPT – Speech to text, text to speech. This basically adds a microphone input option for ChatGPT and also converts ChatGPT’s responses into spoken word.
- Use Immersive Reader on Websites – this can read out a text for you in spoken word
- YouTube Summary with ChatGPT & Claude – summarises YouTube videos (but I question its ability to do this well enough – it doesn’t always realise which things are part of an introduction, which things are side points, and which things are the main points)
- EdPuzzle – quickly turn YouTube videos into comprehension exercises (convenient for teachers)
Other useful software
- ClozeIt – a Google Docs extension which creates gap-fills from texts
- Wheel of Names – wheelofnames.com – a spinning wheel which randomly chooses items from a list
- Microsoft Lens (part of Microsoft Tools) – allows you to scan text from a photo, and then export the text to other software
- Reading Coach (in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Tools in Microsoft Office 365) – reads (out loud) to text you have scanned, listens to you speaking and then gives you feedback on your pronunciation/speaking and you can compare your speaking with the model speech
- AudioPen.ai – allows you to record quick voice notes, which it then transcribes and neatly summarises for you