If you're interested in learning sign language then check out this long list of words in an ASL dictionary. There you can click on a word, and a lesson will pop up to ensure you thoroughly understand it. For example, clicking on “alligator” goes to a page of grassland, water, and zoo animals. Take note of the drawings that will ensure you know how to make the sign for each word. In addition, there is a written description of how to sign each. The word list includes nouns, verbs, adjectives, and conjunctions. You'll get a thorough introduction to signing in both American Sign Language and Signed English.
Come play The Adjective Detective which offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz, and detective game. The lessons include learning what adjectives are, learning about comparative and superlative adjectives and learning the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives. The game reinforces the lessons and has several levels.
This site caters to students in grades 4 through 8. ShakespeareKIDS offers students and teachers a variety of tools to introduce young people to the works and world of William Shakespeare. Here you'll find a list of activities to get kids up and acting. After all, who wants to sit through a boring read? True feeling can only be extracted through group interaction! With the roots and suggested steps for planning a project, you'll do a "Do Your Own Shakespeare" section that provides background and scripts for several characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream. This will encourage young learners and teachers to have fun with the Bard.
This interactive site allows you to visit any continent and read several facts about the languages spoken. Click on the lips icon to hear the language spoken in that specific area. Each person has the same conversation, saying seven phrases. As you roll over each phrase, it is translated from English to the language of the place you are visiting. You can listen for similarities in languages, or hear how differently we sound even when we are saying the same.
April is National Poetry Month. You can explore different kinds of poetry at the Poet's Pantry. Try reading the works of various poets on a delightful field trip. There is enough poetry across the curriculum to cover many components. This site is valuable for both students and teachers because it links to many sites for poetry models and device techniques. Students can find out about dozens of poetry forms with examples of each one. They'll also enjoy the humor and craft of such poets as Shel Silverstein, Ken Nesbitt, and Jack Prelutsky. Teachers and parents will find many resources that emphasize cross-curricular activities.
School year is almost here and you know it will be time to complete one of those every pending presentations for class. With this nifty article from Tech and Learning you'll be able to produce those publications in a flash!
Want to get a "heads up" before you end up in main stream America unable to sync your brain with proper grammar usage? The issue with “who” and “whom” is that a little knowledge can be dangerous, possibly giving you some extra leverage at the job. You might think it erudite to use “whom” because it sounds
so formal, but you can’t just throw it into your sentences on the fly. You
need to know how “who” or “whom” is being used in its context. This explanation will make everything clear to you! Just be sure to apply
the same rules when using “whoever” and “whomever.”
Looking for a test creator as an enrichment tool? Then Gnowledge will be an invaluable tool to help your child in future assessments. This has to be hands down, one of the best collaborative quize/test-creation sites around. This excellent looking site should be one that doesn't fall into the inevitable Internet wasteland due to under use from its patrons.
"Everyone is a student for a time period in one's life. As a student, we
practise exercises, do coursework and sit for exams. This applies to all
students worldwide, regardless of the syllabus. We aim to democratize education
by advocating community-generated content and assessment for every conceivable syllabus worldwide. What does this mean?
We want you to be able to access our whole breadth of exercises and test papers for free! You can search by title, subject, grade, school and/or country, so finding exactly what you need to practise on is easy.
You will also get the opportunity to be an influencer! Share your expertise by creating exercises or test papers and pass these on to others so that they can learn from you too. Anything you publish can be accessed by anyone who logs onto Gnowledge.
We hope to empower you and the world to help yourselves and each other. Let us all democratize education so that we may be better students in academics and in life together." - Gnowledge
If you are not familiar with word clouds, than here is a new idea to add pizzazz
to projects that will be upcoming this year. Wordle offers Free software than can be utilized by teachers, academic learning coaches, or students. What a great way to use an unique idea for all types of reinforcement.
You simply input a bunch of text, URL, or del.icio.us tag and Wordle creates the word cloud for you. Simple, easy, and fun! What a wonderful way to incorporate technology into your various lesson activities.
"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." - Wordle
Webnote is a tool for taking notes on your computer. You can also share your notes with others by giving the workspace a name or URL. This can be an invaluable resource for all those learners who rely daily on online research. No more copy/pasting every tad of information.
Webnote is a tool for taking notes on your computer. It allows you to quickly write something down during a meeting, class, or any other time that you have a web browser available.
You start by creating a workspace and creating notes in the workspace. You can save your workspace at any time and return to them from the same computer or any other computer. You can also share your notes with others by providing the
workspace name (or url) to a friend. - Webnote resource
Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.