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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lingualy Helps You Learn a Language While Browsing the Web

Lingualy is a free Google Chrome extension designed to help you learn a new language while browsing the web. With Lingualy installed anytime that you come across a new word you can double-click on it to hear it pronounced, read a translation, and read a definition. The words that you double-click are added to your Lingualy account where you can review them in a quiz format. Watch a short overview of Lingualy in the video below.


Applications for Education
Lingualy supports English, Spanish, French, Hebrew, and Arabic. You could have students use Lingualy while reading news articles in the language that they're trying to learn. That would provide some current context for language lessons.

Rewordify Helps Students Read Complex Passages

Rewordify is a free site that was developed by a special education teacher and former computer programmer for the purpose of helping students read complex passages. At its most basic level Rewordify takes a complex passage and rephrases it in simpler terms. Students can adjust Rewordify's settings to match their needs. For example, students can add words to a "skip list" and those words will not be changed when they appear in a passage. Students can also use Rewordify to simply highlight difficult words instead of having them replaced. Watch the video below for a complete overview of how Rewordify works.


Applications for Education
Rewordify could be helpful to students when they are challenged to read a book or article that is a step or two above their current reading levels. After trying to read through a tricky passage students can use Rewordify to help the check their comprehension of that passage.

How to Create a Website With Weebly

This morning on Google+ Larry Ferlazzo shared a TechCrunch story about Weebly expanding. As I wrote in response to Larry's post, it is good to see Weebly is growing. I've introduced it to a lot of teachers over the years so it's nice to see that it doesn't appear to be going anywhere for a while. If you're looking for a good way to build a website to use with your students, Weebly is an excellent option.

The video below is an excellent tutorial to follow to create your own website with Weebly.


Applications for Education
Weebly for Education includes all of the intuitive website-building and blogging tools found on Weebly plus features built specifically for education. Weebly for Education offers bulk creation of student accounts which teachers can manage and moderate. Students can create their own websites and blogs using the accounts that you create for them.

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