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Visuwords – Visualize Your Dictionary and Thesaurus Online!

Visuwords™ allows students to look up words to find their meanings and associations as related to one another, focusing on how words are related to each other using a mind map visual. Visuwords uses Princeton University’s open source word database, WordNet, as the source for its connections, associations, and definitions. Best of all, Visuwords is free … Continue reading Visuwords – Visualize Your Dictionary and Thesaurus Online!

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Google Spell-Up: The Better You Spell, The Higher Your Tower!

A few weeks ago Google released a new chrome experiment that my students have been obsessed with playing, and I can't blame them! Spell Up is designed for Chrome, but also works with Android and iOS. Google worked with game designers and teachers to create a simple but addicting spelling game: spell words correctly and … Continue reading Google Spell-Up: The Better You Spell, The Higher Your Tower!

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Kaizena: Add Voice Comments To Google Docs!

During my daily reading of Richard Byrne's blog, FreeTech4Teachers, I came across his amazing post on Kaizena. As an avid user of Google Documents in the classroom, especially as a means to provide immediate feedback on student's papers and writing, I was thrilled to learn that Kaizena offered the opportunity to provide audio feedback to students! … Continue reading Kaizena: Add Voice Comments To Google Docs!

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Word Matrix: Teach Vocabulary With This Applet

One of the many wonderful applets by the folks at ReadWriteWeb, the Word Matrix is aimed at helping teachers with vocabulary instruction. Essentially, the tool helps students with the following concepts, as outlined on the website: Become familiar with connotation and register Help clarify differences between seemingly similar words Explore the concept of diction in literary analysis … Continue reading Word Matrix: Teach Vocabulary With This Applet