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OneLook Reverse Dictionary

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“It’s on the tip of my tongue!” 
You know what the word is, but you just can’t remember it. OneLook Reverse Dictionary might help – type the concept or definition and it’ll throw back a list of possible words that match.
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Analyze My Writing

Analyze My Writing | technologies | Scoop.it
An Online Writing Sample Content and Readability Analyzer: analyze your writing and get statistics on words you use most frequently, word and sentence length, readability, punctuation usage, and more.
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No this isn't just another word cloud tool like Wordle, there's much more to it than a word cloud generator.
Users just paste their text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a large amount of information about your writing.
Analyze My Writing will...
   - give users a break-down of the readability of their writing on five indices;
   - include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in their writing; and
   - provide a listing of how frequently they use punctuation and punctuation types.
Oh yes, and finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of their writing.
Analyze My Writing could be a great resource for learners to use when editing their assignments.

Beyond the readability of the their papers learners will receive important information about the words and phrases they have used repetitively in their writings.

Well worth looking at, and/or trying out.

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Maura Bilek's curator insight, June 5, 2015 6:45 PM

Interesting way to get some feedback on the way you write.

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Youngzine | News and more for the Young

Youngzine | News and more for the Young | technologies | Scoop.it

Youngzine is an online News Magazine for younger learners. It provides an educational, entertaining, yet safe way for kids (and adults) to get the latest news from around the world.

John Dalziel's insight:

Youngzine is a website site that features...
   - news,
   - sports, and
   - entertainment stories for younger learners (and adults).
The classroom blogs feature is worth a closer look.
Youngzine classroom blogs enable practitioners to create a private online space for their learners to use to discuss news stories.
Practitioners can register their learners on Youngzine and assign them to their 'classroom'. Then within their 'Youngzine classroom' they can assign articles for their students to read, ask them to response to articles and discussion prompts, and view their scores on the Youngzine weekly quiz.
In addition to the classroom blog option, Youngzine also offers learners the option to contribute their own reporting to the site through the U-Write section of the site. Learners can sign-up individually to contribute to Youngzine's U-Write section or a practitioner can register their entire class.

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Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners

Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for Kids on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Imagistory is a creative storytelling app which uses wordless picture books.
The idea behind the wordless books is that youngsters get to be the storytellers, simply by using their imaginations to tell the story using the pictures, creating it as they go.
It's a new way for learners and parents/teachers to share a story together, ones which can be told a different way every time.
Imagistory helps...
   - foster creativity,
   - imagination and
   - to develop language and early literacy skills.
Youngsters are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential!

Could also be used for ESOL, EFL, ESL and Modern Language learning.

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Story Starters

Story Starters | technologies | Scoop.it
Websites for Writers
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Two tools to engage learners
   - First there's Scribble is a word game for kids, adults, families, and learning environments. The goal is to create as many words as possible (in a given time perhaps) using the ten letters that are randomly generated.
Then there's either...

   - Story Starter which randomly generates 215,572,250,880 story starters which can be used as starters for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.

OR
   - Story Starter, Jr. whichprovides 171,600 story starters for younger learners. All three links can be accessed when you take a closer look

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Make Beliefs Comix e-books from Bill Zimmerman

Make Beliefs Comix e-books from Bill Zimmerman | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Make Beliefs Comix e-books are PDFs that learners customise by filling in the blanks within the document.
If learners use Chrome, they can complete the PDF in their web browsers.
The Make Beliefs Comix e-books provide a nice source of writing prompts for learners.

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Quill

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Quill is a free, on-line, interactive grammar lesson platform that essentially has learners practice grammar skills by editing and revising engaging pieces of pre-written literature.
Quill also allows practitioners to personalize curricula and assign individual lessons to individual learners.

This is perfect for those practitioners who have learners who need specialised intervention, while allowing other learners to continue as needed.
One for Functional Skills I feel.

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TEACHunicef: Explore Topics

TEACHunicef: Explore Topics | technologies | Scoop.it
Topic landing page.
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TeachUNICEF is an outreach project from UNICEF. The goal of the site is to provide lesson plans and other resources to help practitioners teach about wide variety of global issues.
A series of articles accompanies each lesson plan and suggested grade level is listed with each article.
Practitioners can download a lesson plan in its entirety or pick and choose specific parts of a lesson plan to download.
Most of the lesson plans found on TeachUNICEF include...
   - pictures,
   - videos, and
   - audio recordings.
The "explore" section of TeachUNICEF showcases materials for teaching about global issues with connections to...
   - Social Studies,
   - Science,
   - Maths,
   - English/language arts,
   - Foreign/world languages.

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Folger Digital Texts: Shakespeare

Folger Digital Texts: Shakespeare | technologies | Scoop.it
Folger Digital Texts - your source for reliable, expertly edited and encoded Shakespeare texts
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The Folger Shakespeare Library, an invaluable open resource, has released all of Shakespeare’s plays as fully searchable digital texts, downloadable as PDFs, in a free, scholarly edition that makes all of its source code available as well.
The digital text is searchable by act/scene/line, keyword, and page and line number (from the Folger print editions). The free availability of these excellent on-line editions is a great gift indeed.

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Find Similar or Opposite words at WordHippo

Find Similar or Opposite words at WordHippo | technologies | Scoop.it
Find opposite or similar words at WordHippo.
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Word Hippo – is a website that provides learners with the opportunity to enter any English word, and then be told anything about that word, such as an...
- equivalent noun,
- adjective,
- adverb or
- verb.
Learners can also look up the...
- tenses,
- pronunciation,
- rhyming words,
- words that mean the same, and of course the
meaning of the word.
A great website to bookmark for learners that are working with the English language on a regular basis; e.g. for Functional Skills Learners

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Quick and Dirty Tips

Quick and Dirty Tips | technologies | Scoop.it
Quick and Dirty Tips : Helping you do things better.
John Dalziel's insight:

Quick and Dirty Tips creates and distributes digital content that has much to offer Functional Skills Practitioners.

NOTE: Some resources may need adapting for UK learners as they target USA Learners.

With planning and careful selection, the content available offers short, actionable advice from friendly and informed authorities that will help learners succeed at work and in life.

Whether they want to...

 

manage their time and money better,communicate more effectively,observe the correct rules of etiquette, orimprove their performance in other home and workplace endeavors,

 

...Quick and Dirty Tips shows learners that education and entertainment can go hand in hand, and that learning can happen no matter what stage of life they’re in.

Quick and Dirty Tips content is available as...

 

PodcastsVideosArticles based on the podcast episodeseNewslettersAudiobooks
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Word-Search Maker and Wordsearch Directory - From teachers-direct

Word-Search Maker and Wordsearch Directory - From teachers-direct | technologies | Scoop.it
Teachers Direct Wordsearch Maker is a free to use resource enabling teachers to produce professional printable and interactive wordsearch puzzles.
John Dalziel's insight:

A free resource allowing practitioners to create professional printable or interactive wordsearch puzzles in seconds or download and use ready made from the ever growing database.

A great way to reinforce key words and ideal for starter activities or homeworks.

The resource is completely free to use.

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Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:00 PM

More people are running to charity tube to post free videos and watch free videos than posting on you tube. Try posting at charity tube and you will never leave. http://www.africatube.net/ More visitors and more video views. Don't take our word for it, try it. Post one same video on youtube and put it on  http://www.africatube.net/ and return ater five hours and compare the viewers rate and decide for yourself. Create your very own group or forum and control who watch it and invite everyone to watch the video. Above all, post video in English or in any language and viewers can watch video description in their own language. Try it and let us know your experience. Above all it is absolutely free like youtube

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Rewordify

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Rewordify.com helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.
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Rewordify is a free website that converts advanced written language into less complex language (plain-English).
Ideal for helping learners to understand complex written language.
Paste or type the text that needs to be simplified into the box on the Rewordify web page, and within seconds a simplified version will appear.
Even more useful is to...
- type the URL of a website into the box
- click the Rewordify web site
...and within seconds a simplified version of the website will appear.

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Stephanie Sapp's curator insight, October 8, 2014 2:28 PM

Great for ELL, ESL and any other special needs students.  (Looks great for everyone in fact!)

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BrainRush - Adaptive Learning Games

BrainRush - Adaptive Learning Games | technologies | Scoop.it
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BrainRush allows practitioners to set up virtual classrooms, assign any BrainRush to any learner and monitor their activity and progress in real time.
Practitioners can also differentiate their lesson plans by assigning remedial or advanced work based on unique learner needs.
BrainRrush library has zillions of BrainRushes, covering just about any topic.
If users can’t find what they’re looking for, they can create their own anytime.
NOTE: I'd advise practitioners check each Brainrush before assigning to learners because of "Cultural differences" e.g. the use of a comma before "and" in the USA but not in UK

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João Marques's curator insight, August 6, 2015 5:37 AM

BrainRush allows practitioners to set up virtual classrooms, assign any BrainRush to any learner and monitor their activity and progress in real time.
Practitioners can also differentiate their lesson plans by assigning remedial or advanced work based on unique learner needs.
BrainRrush library has zillions of BrainRushes, covering just about any topic.
If users can’t find what they’re looking for, they can create their own anytime.
NOTE: I'd advise practitioners check each Brainrush before assigning to learners because of "Cultural differences" e.g. the use of a comma before "and" in the USA but not in UK

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Minreeva Learning Solutions

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Minreeva Learning Solutions
John Dalziel's insight:

Minreeva provides free tools and resources to learners, educators, and other stakeholders that will allow them maximize learning and teaching with the help of technology.
Suitable for Family Learning & other Maths & English courses

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angel's curator insight, March 31, 2015 9:15 PM

TechTrendsIT offers end to end solutions and services for mobile application development through its specialized skills and experience. Award winning android development company provides iOS development services.read more:http://www.techtrendsit.com/mobility/

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Trend Watch

Trend Watch | technologies | Scoop.it

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Trend Watch could be a good source of words to enhance learners' language skills and providing a sound link with current events.
Trend Watch highlights words that are trending in news and popular culture and includes...
   - an explanation of why each word is trending,
   - a definition for the word, and
   - a picture that is representative of either the word or the cause of the trend.
Practitioners may also consider bookmarking appropriate words for their learners.

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Woodberry Poetry Room

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Stream Classic Poetry Readings from Harvard’s Rich Audio Archive: From W.H. Auden to Dylan Thomas
Founded in 1931, the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University features (among other things) 6,000 recordings of poetry from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Here learners can find some of the earliest recordings of...
   - W. H. Auden,
   - Elizabeth Bishop,
   - T. S. Eliot,
   - Denise Levertov,
   - Robert Lowell,
   - Anais Nin,
   - Ezra Pound,
   - Robert Penn Warren,
   - Tennessee Williams
...and many others.
In the “Listening Booth,” a section of the Poetry Room website, visitors can listen to recordings of classic readings by nearly 200 authors

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Eve de Roet's curator insight, August 4, 2015 9:39 PM

Stream Classic Poetry Readings from Harvard’s Rich Audio Archive: From W.H. Auden to Dylan Thomas
Founded in 1931, the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University features (among other things) 6,000 recordings of poetry from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Here learners can find some of the earliest recordings of...
   - W. H. Auden,
   - Elizabeth Bishop,
   - T. S. Eliot,
   - Denise Levertov,
   - Robert Lowell,
   - Anais Nin,
   - Ezra Pound,
   - Robert Penn Warren,
   - Tennessee Williams
...and many others.
In the “Listening Booth,” a section of the Poetry Room website, visitors can listen to recordings of classic readings by nearly 200 authors

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BEhereBEthere: - Fun & Free Business English Courses

BEhereBEthere: - Fun & Free Business English Courses | technologies | Scoop.it
BEhereBEthere offers fun and free courses which improve your business english. Select your study level Watch videos, take tests and complete activities.
John Dalziel's insight:

The BEhereBEthere site is still under construction, but the courses and materials that are there already are really useful for either a self-study Business English learner or for a practitioner working with groups of Pre-intermediate to Upper Intermediate business learners.
To find the course materials, just click on ‘Free Courses’ and choose...
   - either 'Talk Business'
   - or 'Business Bites'.
The current materials rely heavily on video, but these aren’t just the usual talking head type video. The videos have been well produced and developed and all the points in the monologue are well illustrated to support learners understanding.
The interactive activities are clear and intuitive and simple for learners to navigate. There is also feedback given to learners when they get the answers wrong.
Business English practitioners, should check out the content and sign up to get information when new courses are added.

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | technologies | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.
John Dalziel's insight:

Regardless of the age of learners, a common challenge exists for many practitioners:

Given that varied reading levels may exist within a single learning environment, it can seem virtually impossible to have all learners access the same content in a way that allows them to comprehend the material.
NEWSELA solves this by providing practitioners with a database of non-fiction articles.
In addition, each article can be adjusted by Lexile for up to five different reading levels, and some articles include comprehension quizzes.
One for Functional Skills practitioners I feel.

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Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.

Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English. | technologies | Scoop.it
Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English. www.chrome.com/spellup
John Dalziel's insight:

Spell Up is a new word game and Chrome Experiment that helps learners improve their English using their voice—and a modern browser, of course.
It’s like a virtual spelling bee, with a twist.
Spell Up is both fun and educational.
The goal of the game is for users to correctly spell the words they hear and stack them to build the highest word tower they can...
   - letter by letter,
   - word by word.
The higher the tower gets, the more difficult the word challenges:
They’ll be asked to...
   - pronounce words correctly,
   - solve word jumbles and
   - guess mystery words.

They can earn bonuses and coins to level up faster.

Spell Up works best in Chrome on a computer and on Android phones and tablets. (It also works on iPhones and iPads, but they’ll need to type rather than talk.)
Whether they’re just learning English or they’re already a pro, check it out!

And if you’re a practitioner, I'd encourage you to try it out in your learning environments.

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Tapestry: Beautiful Storytelling/"writing"

Tapestry: Beautiful Storytelling/"writing" | technologies | Scoop.it
Tapestry is a growing collection of short, wonderful stories made for reading on your phone.
John Dalziel's insight:

For me, Tapestry isn't so much about the growing collection of short stories ideal for reading and enjoying on a smartphone.
It's more about a new way for learners and/or practitioners to tell stories, embracing some of the most important elements of telling a great story: succinctness, pacing, and creativity.
To be fair, the growing collection of short stories are ideal for engaging Functional Skills learners learning to read and/or express themselves.
Oh yes, the app (iPhone & Android) allows them to create and read stories on the go!

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Expresso

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A big thank you to Bill Pearson, from Reaseheath College (UK) for bringing this to our attention. Thanks Bill!
Expresso is a practical tool to analyze, edit and compare text styles in English.
It is built on top of Python Natural Language Toolkit package by Mikhail Panko, a PhD student in computational neuroscience and high-tech enthusiast.
Expresso will teach users to express themself through writing more efficiently and help make their texts more readable, precise, and engaging.
The interface Tabs provides support for users and include...
   - How to use,
   - Learning about text style Metrics, and
   - a quick interface Tutorial.

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Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com.

Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com. | technologies | Scoop.it
Vocabulary.com helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language.
John Dalziel's insight:

Vocabulary.com is an excellent vocabulary study resource offering thousands of vocabulary practice lists and activities for learners.
Learners willbe able to find vocabulary lists that are attached to...
- novels,
- historical documents,
- famous speeches, and
- current news articles.
If learners sign up for Vocabulary.com they will be given an assessment quiz in order to give them suggested lists with which to start their practice.
After completing the assessment they can...
- use the practice lists suggested by Vocabulary.com or
- choose your own lists from the huge gallery of vocabulary lists.
One big plus, of the Vocabulary.com activities, is the instant feedback for every practice question a learner attempts.
If learners answer incorrectly on their first attempt, they will see the definition and the word in context.

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Virtual Tour / Shakespeare's Globe

Virtual Tour / Shakespeare's Globe | technologies | Scoop.it
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If you want learners to get a feel for what Shakespeare’s theatre looked like, then look no further than this virtual tour.

All that's required is the free Quicktime plugin for the browser and users can take a 360 tour of...

- the stage,

- the yard,

- the middle gallery, and

- the upper gallery

… all without leaving the learning environment..

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Anna-Mae Wiesenthal's curator insight, November 29, 2013 3:29 PM

A rebirth of the Globe Theatre! A cool way to explore Shakespeare's Globe.

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GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website

GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website | technologies | Scoop.it
S-cool Revision is the UK’s leading FREE revision website. We provide high quality A Level and GCSE revision guides, revision questions and revision notes to over 3 million students a year!
John Dalziel's insight:

Does what it says! This site is idealfor learners preparing for assessments and or revisiting workcovered to refresh memories, practice, prepare etc.

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MCS Learning Support's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:55 AM

A free revision site that may help with particular topics.