I had the great fortune of attending the Common Core Conference at Discovery Communication HQ in Silver Spring, MD. This two-day workshop was full of seminars and networking with other teachers. One session was delivered by Rabecca Hart about using eVocabualry tools in the classroom. Here are her recommendations: (Thanks Rabecca!)
- Visit Voki.com and create a character that can speak the vocabulary challenge of the day or week.
- Create a class discussion URL on TodaysMeet.com. Then have students go to that URL to have an in class discussion about the word of the day. Students can write what they think the word means.
- Visual Thesaurus visuwords.com to find definitions, synonyms, because it is a graphical dictionary. Try it, it is FREE. Put this on your board as students enter the class with a word of the day from your lesson.
- Wordle.net is a very commonly used word cloud website. You can change the color of the background, the font and even create a custom color palette. Try a new world cloud sites like: http://worditout.com/discover-word-clouds. My recommendation for using word clouds is to type your words into a text document first. Then copy and paste each time you want to change an option. Don’t forget to try tagxedo.com to show your clouds into different shapes. Another world cloud site to try is www.abcya.com/wordcloud. Try them all and see which fits your style.
- If you are feeling more creative, try using Powtoon.com to create a short animated video. This site will step you through the process.
- This site: http://www.lexipedia.com/ will translate your English words into a visual dictionary, define what parts of speech are included in the visual and allow you to see it in Spanish, German, French, Dutch and Italian.
- If you want to translate to another language try: http://lingro.com/dictionary/ which includes a dictionary, thesaurus and more.
- So if you have started from the first listed site and worked the list, the next step is to create a tactile type of learning vocabulary that includes the use of QR codes. The first suggestion is to try QRstuff.com. You can choose a color, type (video, voice, link to a site and many more (look on the left side of the page). Follow the directions on the page, download, print and post in your classroom. Students need a device with a qrcode scan app in order to read the code. That device can be a tablet, laptop, iPod or smartphone that can have a qrcode reading application installed. In addition, you can try QRvoice.net which will play voice you record. One new site; thinglink.com will allow you to add voice or images to a qrcode.So experiment and find the one that suits your style.