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Stacy Drinkwine Hauser

Stacy Drinkwine Hauser The Power of Language ScoopIt page - 1 views

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    "Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will last forever." This link will take you to my ScoopIt page where I've chosen a variety of works alluding to language and its effects, it's beauty, it's absurdity, and its possibilities.
Carol Imani

FunBrain - FunBrain.com's Rooting Out Words - 0 views

  • Rooting Out Words

    Nice Work!
    If the prefix audi- means to hear,
    a large building where people gather to hear speeches and music is called an?
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    Here's a little tidbit from an elementary school level quz about word roots, a favorite subject of mine.  
Tracy Ndlovu

Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site - 2 views

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    The site is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.
Sharon Benini

VoiceThread - Support - Resources - Publications K-12 - 3 views

  • Abstract: In this paper we share our experiences with using asynchronous video communications to increase teacher immediacy and social presence during a technology integration course for pre-service teachers. We describe three cases where asynchronous video was used to facilitate instructor-student and peer-to-peer communications. The online tools used were Facebook, VoiceThread, and video blogs created by the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brigham Young University (BYU). Our initial findings indicate that the use of regular video instructor-student and peer-to-peer communication can be an effective way to improve instructor immediacy and social presence in an online environment while maintaining the flexibility that draws students to online learning.
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    Voicethread uses technology to combine the visual with audio interpretations.  I have used VT in my middle school art classes where students created the visual (illustration for the book), wrote the text, and then recorded their version of the book. This site gives support for using VT in the classroom.
jennibartels

Letters of Note: C. S. Lewis on Writing - 4 views

  • What really matters is:–

    1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else.

    2. Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don't implement promises, but keep them.

    3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean "More people died" don't say "Mortality rose."

    4. In writing. Don't use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was "terrible," describe it so that we'll be terrified. Don't say it was "delightful"; make us say "delightful" when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, "Please will you do my job for me."

    5. Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
    • jennibartels
       
      C.S. Lewis on the most important things to remember about writing. I LOVE this letter and use it with my students often.
Beth Hecht

For Educators | 21 Ways to Use MakeBeliefsComix.com in the Classroom - 7 views

  • 3. Promote Team Collaboration

    Have students break up into pairs or group teams to create their comic strips together. This approach encourages teamwork and cooperation, with students complementing the skills of their colleagues. The site also provides a structure for students to work individually as they create their own cartoon worlds using their imaginations. Look upon the site as a resource for literacy development and to reach out to engage reluctant writers and readers.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
       
      Here is an activity for students to use collaboratively.
    • Kim Davis
       
      This would be a great exercise to illustrate class rules developed by the class. In the science lab, the lab teams could create different strips for lab safety. This is a really cool tool with a lot of potential.
  • 6. Foreign Language Practice

    Have students who are learning new foreign languages write their text in languages they are studying. In addition to English, the site accepts characters and accent marks from languages such as Spanish, Latin, German, Italian and Portuguese. Additional languages will be added to the site in the future.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
       
      Here is an activity that can be used with ELLs.
  • 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year. Read her excellent essay, "MakeBeliefsComix: An Article About Using Comics to Teach English -- Become A Comic Strip Writer with Ease!", at tamarakirson.com.
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    • Sherry Schwarcz
       
      Here is an application for students to work collaboratively.
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    This will be great for my arty students who don't enjoy writing in the traditional sense. I like #19 - explore character motivation- a high level reading skill in a simple format.
Kait Sanford

MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages - 2 views

    • Melissa Shasteen
       
      For summary activities, I sometimes give students the option to create their own comic strip. Some students choose to pick a different activity because they do not think they are an artist. This would help make everyone feel that they could create their own comic strip summary!
    • Melissa Shasteen
       
      All these adds might be a bit distracting for students.
    • Kristin Lavorato
       
      I am a very visual person, and I had a hard time navigating the page with all of the distracting elements. Students so often like to be able to master something so quickly that if they can't, they may choose to not use this.
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    • Kristin Lavorato
       
      This is a great way to integrate differentiation into the classroom, especially for a tiered assignment. If a student struggles to comprehend plot summary, he or she can use this to demonstrate what he/she understood from the text or there could be additional elements added to up the difficulty level.
    • Kait Sanford
       
      I could use this in my history classes especially for visual learners who want to prove their knowledge using visual examples and creativity
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    Comic strip creator. Has the most options I have seen for creating original comic strips. Is very easy to use. Can also be written in other languages!
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    Users create their own comic strips using a variety of characters and filling in the text bubbles.
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    Students could create their own comics about immigration issues, either in the past or contemporary times.
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    Add a little humor to your lectures or introduce as a creative way for students to deliver a presentation. The power of story-telling.
Phyllis Bickford

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus - An online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145,000 words th... - 1 views

  • Steve Jobs had a charismatic way with language. We look back on some of his key words and phrases. Continue reading...
    • Phyllis Bickford
       
      Lots of great tidbits here. I talked about Steve Jobs in all my classes during the past week.
  • Featured Word Lists
    • Phyllis Bickford
       
      This is a feature I didn't notice before. Looks like a good resource.
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    This site stimulates the creative juices! It used to be a free site but now you can only test it out for a few searches and then there is a modest subscription fee to continue using it. A great visual word map.
Dennis OConnor

Memrise vocabulary learning and memorable dictionary - 4 views

  • Ready to grow your
    vocabulary?
    • Learn vocabulary in any language 5 times faster
    • Smart science means you won't forget
    • Learning's a game — grow a language garden
suzain johan

INTRODUCTION AND INFORAMTION ABOUT IELTS - 0 views

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    What is the IELTS exam for? There are two versions of the IELTS exam. The Academic module is mainly used for university entrance. The General Training module is often required to emigrate to English-speaking countries, and some times by companies to assess their staff
J. Norville

Vimeo Basics - 0 views

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    This site allows you to upload your personal videos, share with others, make contact with other Vimeo members and comment on their videos.
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    This site will be great for the Foreign Language class. Students will be able to video their role plays or dialogues and post them for the class group to view and comment using a stated rubric.
Karen Nickel

Photo Story - 0 views

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    Create slideshows using your digital photos. Edit pictures and add special effects, soundtracks and your own voice narration. Add titles and captions. Email them or watch them on your TV or computer.
    Because students can add their own voice narration, this is a great tool for world language classes. We use it in German 2 for students to tell about a vacation.
david sinkey

VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud - 3 views

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    A tool for having conversations around media. Upload pictures and then add comments. I've seen this used for students around the world to post pictures of their homes and then comment on the differences and similarities. Great language tool because comments are written and/or spoken. Great cultural tool because of the addition of media.
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    VoiceThread is a great tool for asynchronous communication about a specific image, document, or presentation. While text is neat, there is something special about listening to someone's voice.
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    VoiceThreads could be created featuring presentations (about a primary document related to immigration) for teacher and student use, encourageing reflection (of historic photograph(s) taken at Ellis Island) by students, and host a debate (about immigration).
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    VoiceThread is a great way to add voice to an online class. Students can create and participate in discussions with voice rather than simply text.
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    This, right here, is what I desperately wish my students had in place of Finalsite as a way of creating blogs for their school Mission Portfolios. I know it isn't set up the exact same way, but it would certainly accomplish nearly the same purpose.
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    Bridges the gap between real-time discussions and the standard video lecture.
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    voice, visuals and real prescence
Karen Nickel

Skype - 0 views

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    Skype - software that lets you talk over the Internet to anyone, anywhere in the world for free. Skype is a great way to connect in real time with people in other countries to learn language and culture.
Nicole Snorek

Free Foreign Language Lessons (Download to MP3 Player, iPod or Computer) | Open Culture - 0 views

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    downloadable foreign language
Nicole Snorek

Using Web 2.0 to motivate boys to speak in the target language - Box of Tricks - 0 views

  • subject to peer pressures
  • lack of self-confidence
  • speaking as not being real work
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  • Voki would be the ideal tool
  • accessed both at home and at school
  • transition from teacher-centred, class-based learning
  • allows the pupils to role-play and hide behind a mask
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    options for voice recording or conversation online
Nicole Snorek

Social Foreign Language Learning Web 2.0 Style | Free Language - 0 views

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    foreign language online learning possibilites in 2.0.
Kimberley Porteus

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds - 13 views

  • ordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
  • prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with yo
    • Julie Kling
       
      Program covers, good for creative writing covers,
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    • Kait Sanford
       
      This resource is great for visual learners and great to reinforce vocabulary and key words for a unit or lesson. I can see using this as one of the options for a choice board activity.
    • Dan Kovach
       
      I like how Wordle adds a special perspective to collaborative efforts. It allows the group to focus on the big topics while still seeing the whole picture. Informative, creative, and fun.
    • Margret P
       
      I see these all over our building - they are great conversation starters and very visually pleasing.  Fun!
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    This is really a great site for vocabulary building at all levels. Try it yourself and see what you can do with it.
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    I heard a great idea for using Wordle this week. Copy and paste the text of a student's paper. Check to see which words are most predominant. Too many pronouns, unspecific vocabulary ("stuff") or overuse of the same transition words? They should pop right out from the rest of the graphic!

    Another idea - copy and paste the text of a famous speech - great way to get at the main concepts of the language used.
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    Wordle is a tool for generating "word clouds" from text or list of words that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can edit your clouds by adding different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. This is a great tool for priming learning or a before reading activity. It is a great way to introduce vocabulary and teach students the importance of using context clues to decipher word meanings.
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    I have used this very fun activity with my French students. I make a "word cloud" with French adjectives and have students find the antonyms.
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    "Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."
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    I used this tool with my 8th graders after writing a personal narrative. They pasted it in, along with their name, cut and pasted a bunch of times to make it more prominent in the printed out version. What a great end-of-unit culmination! Very eye-catching display.
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    This tool is a great way to engage students at the start of the class. When a text is a difficult read, contains many terms and specialized concepts, I have my students shout out the different terms or words they found important when pre-reading the materials. This gets them thinking about the content, and they hear terms they did not notice within the text or have not heard before which gets them intriqued to find out what they missed. I have found this activity a valuable tool to start a class as it also raises the instructor's authority in front of the class (because of use of modern technology and out-of-box ideas)
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    Word Clouds are graphically interesting and evoke creative ideas. Here's a blog post detailing 8 different systems, including Wordle: http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2011/09/8-word-cloud-makers-for-teachers/
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    Had fun with this tool last evening. Used it to create program covers for event. Added title of event, date, etc. then created a personalized cover for each attendee by adding his/her name. I was able to save the cover by taking a screenshot using Jing and then could do final sizing.
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    "Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."
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    Wordle generates striking word clouds.
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    I could use Wordle to create a word cloud about "Immigration" and "Ellis Island" to use in education programs. I also envision writing an activity that utilzes wordle in the classroom.
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    I've used Wordle in the business world for title pages in Powerpoint, as notes from a brainstorming session and a creative way to cover resource binder. Best of all it's fun to use. I can see using this with my children as a fun way to work on spelling words. What's more fun than making pictures out of words.
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    Critical and collaborative thinking tool
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    I use Wordle to create "word clouds" when teaching vocabulary, especially to middle and high school students. I am able to create my own text or use text from our reading to enhance the vocabulary lesson. Students then create their own Wordles. Very interactive!
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    Looks interesting especially for generating tags based on most frequently used words.
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    "Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."
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    This looks great for a vocabulary introduction to a unit.
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    Yes, Wordle is fun! I have made everything from greeting cards to graphics for webpages with it. It seems there is no end to how creative one can get with it as I have seen some really great clouds out there! And I'm getting so many more ideas from the comments here. Thanks all!
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    Create word clouds.
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    I've actually used this tool and am happy to be reminded of how useful it is! I used it in a review for a final exam by creating a word cloud of topics/terms that would be in the exam. The students were divided into 2 teams and I wouldn't show them the word cloud until I read the questions. One person was the runner for each group. Once the question was read, the first runner to find the correct answer (term or topic) got 1 point. The students (vocational college students) loved this. This semester I need to add to the cloud because the students beg for more!
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    Fun tool for capture impressions of students on the first day of a class.
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    Make word clouds with text.  Nice to emphase new words / making cover sheets etc.  Nice to think about using bilingually.  For example, in Grade 2 math we could have fun reviewing core vocabulary in two langauges.
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