NoRedInk is a new website that "helps students practice and review their grammar...teachers and students personalize the practice assignments and quizzes with the names of their favorite bands, sports teams, movie or TV stars and friends."
Audrey Walters reports on NoRedInk in this post, sharing the story of how it came to be and explaining how it adjusts questions based on student response. There are also screenshots within the post.
NoRedInk provides exercies on apostrophes, commas, sentence fragments, and subject-verb agreement with more to come.
This article gives the whole play-by-play of NoRedInk, a website that helps with grammar through personalized assignments centered around the student's interest. It sounds like a wonderful resource for the classroom, since grammar is (as I've heard) one of the hardest things for an English teacher to teach. There are so many parts to grammar that it's hard to focus on every thing, especially since different students struggle with different aspects of grammar.
And the wisdom to spell "difference."You'd think people wouldn't sit in a chair and have permanent ink embedded in their skin without making absolutely, positively certain every letter of it was correct — but if you'd think, you wouldn't be these...
This article ties back to the my earlier scoop "Spelling and grammar do matter". Some of the photos would be funny and interesting to show students, and then have them answer what is incorrect in the tattoo (warning for some innapropriate placement of tattoos--those would be left out in the classroom, of course).
An article like this could inspire a couple different grammar exercises in the classroom. The statistics (and the 'brid' picture) show the importance of proofreading and editing. Students could look for more pictures or come up with scenarios where they make up examples of grammatical errors in the media.
This is an interesting website and wonderful resource for grammar checking! A student types in a part of his or her writing and the website checks for grammar mistakes, citation mistakes/plagarism, and gives context synonyms. I'm putting this as my number one choice for website of the day.