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!

Hemingway: Quick And Easy Writing Check

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

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!

6 Games To Practice Analogies

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

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

Free App: ABC Letter Tracing

This week, I want to share with you ABC Letter Tracing, which offers preschoolers free writing practice. Students would trace both uppercase and lowercase letters with their fingers on an iPad or iPhone. Students would also be able to hear and see the English alphabet letters. along with real world objects that relate to them … Continue reading Free App: ABC Letter Tracing

Story Starters: Generate The First Line of Your Next Story!

Ever had a student complain that they just can't get started writing? That they don't know what to write about or where to begin? Well, thanks to Story Starters, your students will have a place to start. Story Starters provides a randomly generated sentence that should serve as the first line of the story or … Continue reading Story Starters: Generate The First Line of Your Next Story!