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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Burning Vocabulary - A Chrome Extension for Expanding Your Vocabulary

Burning Vocabulary is a new Chrome extension that is designed to help users learn new words while browsing the web. Users of the Burning Vocabulary Chrome extension can mark and save any words on a page that are new to them. Definitions of saved words are provided by Burning Vocabulary too. Whenever a word saved in a user's Burning Vocabulary list appears on subsequent pages the saved words will be highlighted on the page. The idea is that users will learn the meanings of their saved words by seeing them in a variety of natural contexts.

Burning Vocabulary offers some additional features in a paid version. The paid version includes the option to print word lists and an option for a vocabulary review calendar.

Applications for Education
Burning Vocabulary could be a good tool for students to use to identify words that are new to them and then learn how those words are used in context. Burning Vocabulary would be a little better if it provided an option to export words to a flashcard or quiz service like Quizlet.

Now You Can Customize Anchor Podcast Pages

Anchor is the service that I am using and have been recommending to anyone who wants to quickly start a podcast. Anchor does all of the work of submitting your podcast's feed to all of the major podcast distribution networks including Google Play and Apple Podcasts. My simple method of producing a podcast with Anchor is outlined here.

One of my few complaints about Anchor was addressed last week when Anchor added the option to customize the landing page for your podcast. Previously, you were stuck with whatever color scheme Anchor gave you for your podcast's landing page. Now you can customize that color scheme. You can use any color hex code you like on your page.

Applications for Education
This doesn't change how Anchor works when it comes to producing a podcast. It's just a nice little improvement that students who use Anchor might appreciate as it gives them a bit of control over how their podcast landing pages appear to visitors.