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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...
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This looks a lot like Grammar.ly, but it seems to be completely free at the moment. A great way to check your grammar and get feedback on your written work.

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MFaculty's curator insight, December 24, 2013 11:02 PM

I just 'test drove' this online application - it was very fast and accurately caught my spelling errors. As a basic tool for students, I think it is, or will be, one that they can use before they turn to the writing tutors. I don't advocate trying to replace professional writing tutors with this (or any other) online tool, but it would certainly reduce the number of common errors made in student writings.

 

Since it is a free service, I would recommend educators consider giving it a test drive in their writing courses to determine whether or not any value is added in doing so. While there are plenty of word processing tools avialble for students to use in order to hone in on their writing, this one is free and seems to adequately, and quickly, perform the basics.

 

Not really an endorsement, as much as a recommendation for other to consider testing for themselves.

ella88's curator insight, January 29, 2014 5:09 PM

Many studies have addressed the issue of identifying the different dimensions of culture. In the presentations concerning culture by Madlin Reck and Anne Tornow the ways in which national culture may influence management processes, including Hofstede’s dimensions of culture have been discussed extensively (Luthans & Doh, 2012).

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Afghanistan and the Taliban: Before, After and Now

The Kite Runner was set in the years 1975-2001. Everything during these years went from being peaceful, to bad, to even worse. The Taliban during these fateful years have taken control of Afghanistan and its government. They were thought of as heroes to the people of their once peaceful country, but their way of controlling their government is sadistic. In the present, they are even involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During 1975, Afghanistan was a quiet place to live. There were economic hardships, but the residents of this pleasant country got through it. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan. It had the most economy problems in the country. Most of them were poverty difficulties. The president of this country at the time was Daoud Khan. Then, when winter came along, resistance towards communists began. Amir from The Kite Runner even knew of these communist attempts to rule his country. “Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.” (Hosseini 36). The Afghan Islamist part of the resistance was favored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States instead of the Afghan traditionalist and royalist parts. The uprising has just begun for the communist takeover in Afghanistan.

In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Even Amir from The Kite Runner even knew about this before it all happened. “And then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew”(Hosseini 36) The Taliban during this time were thought of as refugees and were part of a resistance movement to expel the Russian troops from their country. The United States and Pakistan provided financial and military support so the Afghans could win against the Soviet soldiers. Despite the fact that there were civilians in Kabul, the Afghans did not care and used missiles, provided by the United States, to drop on the city resulting in civilian casualties and killed Soviet troops. In 1989, Ahmed Shah Massoud, took over Kabul as new leader. They ended up overthrowing President Sayid Mohammed Najibullah, who headed the Afghan government. In 1994, the Taliban were more powerful because Pakistan favored them and did everything in their power to support them. “Pakistan support for the Taliban is based on strong religious and ethnic bonds between the Taliban and Pakistan” (Amghar, Web 6). The militants of the Taliban are Sunni Muslim Pashtuns. They are thirteen percent of Pakistan’s population. They are basically most of the Taliban in general.

In 1996, Osama Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and met with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader. “Bin Laden was involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998” (Amghar, Web 6). On September 11th, 2001, Bin laden prompted the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This resulted in the United States asking the Taliban to immediately hand over Bin Laden. General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, told the U.S. that he would support the capturing of Bin Laden. Instead, they couldn’t take down Bin Laden and Al Qaeda because of the ethnic and religious ties with the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan let the Taliban do what like to the people in there cites by robbing them and raping women. “The Taliban were exceedingly ignorant, which made them cruel” (Arbabzadah, Web 1). The Taliban used to be heroes to the people of the country, but now they are just plain evil. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s friend Farid said the Taliban would look for any excuse for violence. Amir bought a fake beard because it is considered a sin to shave and that all men should have beards. He saw Kabul during this time and was unfamiliar with it as it is not how it used to be when he was a kid. Afghanistan is just plagued by the Taliban with no hope for escape.

 

 In conclusion, the Taliban before, after, and now are a deadly force to reckon with. I have to say that religion has a strong connection with them as they think of most things as sins. Amir from The Kite Runner depicts Afghanistan as a peaceful state. Now, he thinks of it as a wasteland that is ruled by a stubborn government with a false sense of religion. In my opinion, as much as I hate the Taliban, they must be removed from Afghanistan and Pakistan because they can cause a lot of trouble for those countries and can stir up many civil wars within those countries.

 

 

Works Cited

Amghar, Adderrahim. "Home." The Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan. Nazareth College, 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.

Arbabzadah, Nushin. "The 1980s Mujahideen, the Taliban and the Shifting Idea of Jihad." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014.

Bai, Laxmi. "Security Research Review." : Volume 1(3) Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Afghanistan. Bharat-Rakshak, 2005. Web. 01 May 2014.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003.

 

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Digital Classrooms - eBook Bundle

Digital Classrooms - eBook Bundle | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

This eBook Bundle contains all of my writing from the Digital Classrooms Series over the last 3 years.

This bundle of 4 ebooks includes:

  • My Innovations Award (ELTon) winning book Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers
  • My most recent title - 20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom
  • My collection of Digital Tools for Teachers
  • My collection of 12 infographic based lesson plans along with guidance on how to push students to develop their digital literacy and critical thinking skills -  Thinking Critically through Digital Media (Thinking Critically through Digital Media also contains Exploiting Infographics and 10 Lesson in Digital Literacy)
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My ebook bundle - 4 ebooks for half the price of one paper one.
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Lumen5 | Video Content from Blog Posts

Lumen5 | Video Content from Blog Posts | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Our A.I. automatically creates videos for you. Just enter an article link and watch the video build itself.
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Turn your blog postings into videos. Very useful.

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RawShorts - Explainer Video Software

RawShorts - Explainer Video Software | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Make an explainer video for your business online with Raw Shorts. Select a video template and customize it with our easy to use drag and drop software.
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This is a nice tool to get students creating short business related videos. Great for Business English projects.

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This is a nice tool to get students creating short business related videos. Great for Business English projects.

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Nik Peachey's EdTech & ELT Newsletter - 8th June 2017

Nik Peachey's EdTech & ELT Newsletter - 8th June 2017 | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of my Edtech & ELT Newsletter.

 

In this edition we have the usual collection of:

  • eBook offers
  • Free apps and resources for teaching
  • News articles to keep you up to date about what’s happening in the EdTech and ELT world.
  • A collection of links to games, apps and gamification articles
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My latest EdTech & ELT Newsletter. Subscribe at: https://tinyletter.com/technogogy/

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My lates Edtech & ELT Newsletter.

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Djpod - Create your podcast

Djpod - Create your podcast | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Create a podcast on Djpod, podcast hosting services, all the tools to upload quickly and easily your audio or video mixes and become popular. Create podcast, host podcast, host a podcast, podcast hosting
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Great tool for you or your students to create playlists and podcasts.

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Photo Editor | BeFunky: Free Online Photo Editing and Collage Maker

Photo Editor | BeFunky: Free Online Photo Editing and Collage Maker | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker. Online Photo editing and creating collages has never been easier.
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This is a useful tool for quickly creating graphics. It runs on a freemium model so some features are locked.

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Classroom on the App Store

Classroom on the App Store | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.
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Apple's app for controlling a group of iPads in the classroom.

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Apple's app for controlling a group of iPads in the classroom.

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Words Without Borders Campus

Words Without Borders Campus | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Words Without Borders Campus connects students and educators to eye-opening contemporary literature from across the globe.
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A nice collection of texts and stories from around the world.

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InsertLearning

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InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons. Our toolbar is preloaded on this page so you can try it out without installing anything or signing up.

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This looks like a great Chrome plugin for creating onine course content.

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Make your own data gifs with our new tool

Make your own data gifs with our new tool | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Data visualizations are an essential storytelling tool in journalism, and though they are often intricate, they don’t have to be complex. In fact, with the growth of mobile devices as a primary method of consuming news, data visualizations can be simple images formatted for the device they appear on

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Great free tool for greating gifs to go into infographics.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, May 29, 12:07 PM

Great free tool for greating gifs to go into infographics.

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Learnclick Quizzes - Create cloze tests, gap-filling exercises, drag and drop, dropdown and multiple choice quizzes

Learnclick Quizzes - Create cloze tests, gap-filling exercises, drag and drop, dropdown and multiple choice quizzes | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
A powerful and flexible, yet easy to use tool for creating online gap-filling exercises as well as drag & drop, dropdown and multiple choice quizzes.
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This is a great tool for creating a range of interactive activitity types.

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e-Books from Bill Zimmerman

e-Books from Bill Zimmerman | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
On this page you will find free e-books I have written as part of my mission to help people of all ages discover their writers’ voices and express the important things in their lives . You can do so by creating comic strips at the site and by responding to the writing prompts in the different books offered here. These and my other books are used in literacy and English Language Learning programs around the world and to encourage creative thinking and expression.
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This page has a great collection of free ebooks that you can download when teaching yunger learners or teens. Really fantatsic ideas and illustrations.

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ResearchGate - Share and discover research

ResearchGate - Share and discover research | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Find 100+ million publication pages, 12+ million researchers, and 700k+ projects. ResearchGate is where you discover scientific knowledge and share your work.
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An interesting platform for sharing and tracking the impact of your research.

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8 YouTube Tools to Help Learn English | PeacheyPublications.com

8 YouTube Tools to Help Learn English | PeacheyPublications.com | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
It always amazes me that despite being the world’s largest video library, YouTube is still blocked or banned in many educational institutions. As a resource for learning about almost anything, but particularly for language learning it is an incredibly valuable tool and a tool that many third party companies have started to build on and exploit to make its use easier and more engaging.
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A collection of YouTube tools for developing language

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, June 20, 3:09 AM
Many tools that can help educators exploit the learning potential of YouTube with a particular focus on English language learning. I hope you can enjoy these tools and if you do work in an institution where YouTube is still blocked perhaps you can use this article to help persuade the people responsible that the benefits of making the resource available far outweigh the manageable risks that it can create.
 
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Clipart share and search platform - ClipartFest

Clipart share and search platform - ClipartFest | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Share your clipart archive and find cliparts for your design, presentation and homework!
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Useful image resouce for teachers wishing to make classroom materials.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, June 15, 4:32 PM

Useful image resouce for teachers wishing to make classroom materials.

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 16, 9:22 AM

Read the fine print: As long as you use these clips for personal or educational purposes, (not for public display) and don't modify the clips, have fun!

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Bitmoji - your own personal emoji

Bitmoji - your own personal emoji | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Bitmoji is your own personal emoji. Create an expressive cartoon avatar, choose from a growing library of moods and stickers - featuring YOU! Put them into any text message, chat or status update.
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A great tool for developing visual communication through images.

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Interland for eSafety

Interland for eSafety | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Interland is an adventure-packed online game that puts the key lessons of digital citizenship and safety into hands-on practice. Play your way to being Internet Awesome.
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An interesting game to help kids be more internet safety aware.

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T. Brendan Donahoe's curator insight, June 10, 12:13 PM
good for teaching digital citizenship to younger students
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10 of the Most Outstanding BookTube Channels | Parchment Girl

10 of the Most Outstanding BookTube Channels | Parchment Girl | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Looking for some bookish entertainment? Check out these 10 amazing BookTube vloggers!
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These are great to use as models for getting your students to do their own video book reviews.

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Adobe Scan app, scan documents to pdf | Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Scan app, scan documents to pdf | Adobe Acrobat DC | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Scan anything into a PDF using your mobile device. Scan documents, whiteboards, forms, receipts and more with the new Adobe Scan app. Download today!
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This looks like a great new mobile document scanning app from Adobe. Available on iOS and Android.

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 6:05 AM
NOT for FREE need to subscribe to the Adobe cloud services
 
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 6, 4:16 PM
Does a good job of scanning docs into an image. When trying to convert it to text, however, the outcome was less than stellar. Well worth checking out. 
 
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ShAdobe Scan app, scan documents to pdf | Adobe Acrobat DCare your insight
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A Year of Picture Prompts: Over 160 Images to Inspire Writing

A Year of Picture Prompts: Over 160 Images to Inspire Writing | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
These short, accessible, image-driven posts feature photographs and illustrations from The Times, and invite a variety of written or spoken responses.
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Some great images to inspire writing or speaking activities.

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SAS Writing Navigator

SAS Writing Navigator | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Writing Navigator goes beyond surfacing details: this is right; that is wrong. It prompts students to make creative decisions, to discover what they want to say, to reach for the best words in the best order.
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This looks like a great free suite of tools for developing writing skills.

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Ruby Rei - Wibbu

Ruby Rei - Wibbu | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

In Ruby Rei, players guide the eponymous Ruby as she travels across an unknown world on her mission to save her friends and get home. Explore a landscape filled with angry gods, confused warriors and depressed aliens as you build relationships, solve communication breakdowns and use your new language skills to connect with others.

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This isn't free but it is a very low cost game that looks really engaging.

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Silent Videos for Language Learning

Silent Videos for Language Learning | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
These videos have music but no words and are ideal for exploitation in the language classroom. | See more about The end, Short films and Language classes.
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My collection of short video clips for developing language and communication.

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Edward Russell's curator insight, May 25, 11:39 AM
if you don't use films....
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Ludus - Online Presentations

Ludus - Online Presentations | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
The web is full of beautiful ideas and services. Ludus is the first one to provide an easy way to gather them all in a single place.
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This looks like a really cool tool for building online presentations.

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Playphrase.me

Playphrase.me | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

The purpose of PlayPhrase.me service is to learn english using TV series. We create video sequence from scenes that contain the word you search for.
As soon as you submit your search query, the phrase list is returned and phrase list are played automatically.

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This is an interesting site that searches through video clips to fin phrases and then plays them through for you. It's been designed as a form of course with phrases gradually getting more complex, but you can also type in a phrase and search to get results.

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