Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar
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ENGLISH PAGE - Mini-Grammar Tutorials

Free English grammar tutorials online. Excellent resource for ESL / EFL students and teachers.
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This is such a great resource, especially for ESL teachers!  Students can come to this website, and it explains in depth (they also have mini lessons) the grammar concept.  This can be great for when students just need to review something at home.  They also have an application for iPhones and iPads, which can be really helpful when students just need a quick review! Overall, a great website!

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Grammaropolis

Grammaropolis | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
Grammaropolis is where grammar lives! Our songs, books, games, and videos make the parts of speech come alive. Now with fun grammar quizzes!
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Overall, Grammaropolis is such a great tool!  Although it may seem, once again, a little elementary, this can serve as an interactive and fun way for students, such as ELL learners, to begin to learn and also refresh their knowledge of the parts of speech.  Grammaropolis also has such a friendly, colorful interface, which draws students in.  Also, since it is in a game format, they can get points, making it seem as if it  is less of a learning tool and more of a game, which can be appealing. Students also can access their account (although they have to pay to sign up) at home or at school, so they can use it to practice and/or share their knowledge!

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6 Good iPad Apps for Learning Grammar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Good iPad Apps for Learning Grammar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
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Many students have the advanced technology to access so many of these great applications- they just do not know about it, yet! These apps can really help them with their grammar practice, especially when they are on the go and do not feel like bringing lots of worksheets with them. These also range from lower-level grammar, which could be useful with Elementary or ELL learners, to advanced grammar, which can be useful for the student who just wants to review or wants to further their knowledge base.
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5 Easy Ways to Learn Grammar With The New York Times

5 Easy Ways to Learn Grammar With The New York Times | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
A guest post from the good people at Grammarlogues.
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The New York Times is a great newspaper- and they have great tips for teaching grammar as well! If you have a couple of newspapers lying around, it gives you many different ideas for using their articles (or any article, if you want to use a different newspaper) in order to teach grammatical concepts.  Also, students are very familiar with this newspaper (and if they're not- you can use a newspaper that they ARE familiar with) and therefore it can be a good way to get students interested in the activities.

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Road To Grammar --- Your Road to Better Grammar

Road To Grammar --- Your Road to Better Grammar | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
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Although it may seem elementary, roadtogrammar is a great website for teaching grammar, especially for ELL students.  It has many different grammar quizzes for many different grammatical concepts. They can also take the quizzes as many times as they want, which allows them to improve and also see which areas they are continuously weak in.  Also, this can act as a refresher for students who may not be as confident in their grammar. 

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Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar - Unpack Your Adjectives Music Video

The classic adjective song from Schoolhouse Rock! This song was written by one of the original founders of Schoolhouse Rock, our friend George Newall, and pe...
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Although I first learned about Schoolhouse-Rock in fourth grade, I feel that these lessons could be very helpful when teaching students of all ages.  I know that I currently have students in my class that are still not sure of what an adjective is, and despite teacher instruction, still gets confused.  Schoolhouse-Rock is a very accessible video, teaching students about different grammar concepts in a very fun way.  Although it may seem a bit elementary, many students could benefit from this, and they could always watch the video on their own at home for further clarification.  Also, there are so many different grammar concepts, not just adjectives, that are covered.  

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English Grammar Help - Test Your Grammar Skills

How well do you know English grammar? Take our free
test and find out now!
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Although the website itself is not free, Grammar Mechanics offers a great quiz for students to take so that they can see what they need help most with in grammar! This free quiz offers a variety of different pre-assessment questions.  Students can just go on the internet whenever and wherever and take it, and you as the teacher can see their score.  This will help you when you are planning your lessons, or trying to give individualized feedback. 

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Technology Helps Students Find Comfort In the Classroom

Technology Helps Students Find Comfort In the Classroom | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
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Although this does not directly relate back to grammar, this article discusses how using technology in general can really help students feel more comfortable in the classroom.  With the access to technology gap growing smaller and smaller, there is a larger chance that students will feel comfortable using the technology in the classroom, and therefore feel at home.  As well, since they can relate to many of the technological devices being used, they may see it as more of a "fun activity" rather than drilling them over and over again.  Overall, a useful article! 

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ReadWriteThink: Student Materials: Eye on Idioms

ReadWriteThink: Student Materials: Eye on Idioms | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
Eye on Idioms includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of idioms and then examine their metaphorical meanings.
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Eye on Idioms is a really fun way that students can identify idioms. Idiomatic expressions can be really imperative in texts, so being able to understand and identify them will be essential, especially when it can change the entire meaning of the passage. Many students do not know what idioms are, so this will help them learn some of the more common ones, as well as test how much they know.
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Welcome to NoRedInk!

Welcome to NoRedInk! | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
A fun way to practice and master grammar & writing skills!
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NoRedInk is an amazing source for teachers in all grades.  FIrst of all, in order for it to be effective you need to know your students and know their interests.  It works like this- you choose what kinds of interests your students have, including pop culture items, and you choose them when you first sign up.  Then, it generates quizzes for you and your students based on these interests.  They can make an account, sign in, and then take the quizzes- and you get to see their scores, or they can just take it to practice.  Also, there are so many grammar concepts to choose from!

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Comma story - Terisa Folaron

Comma story - Terisa Folaron | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
It isn't easy holding complex sentences together (just ask a conjunction or a subordinate), but the clever little comma can help lighten the load. But how to tell when help is really needed? Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade.
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Ed.Ted has so many great videos for many different fields and subjects; however, they do have an extensive grammar section.  This pre-made video was made by a user and then endorsed by ed.ted for being a phenomenal and useful video.  Also, students can watch this video online as many times as they need in order to comprehend it fully.  This video comes with pre-made lessons and activities for students to complete at home.  However, if you want to make your own, you can do that, too! 

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BrainPOP | English | Grammar

BrainPOP | English | Grammar | Utilizing Technology to Teach Grammar | Scoop.it
Animated Science, Health, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Arts & Music and English movies, quizzes, activity pages and school homework help for K-12 kids, aligned with state standards
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BrainPOP is a really great website to help students with grammar.  First of all, they align with state standards and the common core, so that you know that your  lesson has at least one of the standards covered.  Also, it has a variety of different grammar lessons, from adjectives and adverbs to types of sentences and prepositional phrases.  When you click on it, it will give you lesson ideas, interactive quizzes that you can take, as well as explains what the concept is in a straight-forward, easily accessed format.  Overall, a great tool! 

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