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!
Recently, I've been doing a lot of grant-writing and proposal pitching to raise some funds for new technology initiatives I want to launch in the fall. In the process of this, I've had to brush back up on my basic grammar skills. While I've had enough schooling to recognize active and passive voice, nothing makes … Continue reading Hemingway: Quick And Easy Writing Check
All year we've been on the hunt as a school for a free grammar platform that students can use to build fundamental skills. However, every time we tested something out, we undoubtedly came across one of the these two problems: The free version was limited, and we had to pay an obnoxious amount of money for … Continue reading Quill: Free, Interactive Grammar Lessons!
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!
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!
I was working with a teacher recently whose students were having a hard time grasping the concept of analogies. It seemed evident that what they needed was a way to practice completing analogies at home, but they were quickly becoming bored of endless worksheets. Plus, the worksheets didn't tell them whether they were right or … Continue reading 6 Games To Practice Analogies
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