Showing posts with label Glossary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glossary. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

An Illustrated Mathematics Glossary - Best of 2015-16 School Year

All of this week I am on the road working with teachers in Texas, Kansas, and Arizona. Rather than scrambling to write blog posts at the end of each day, I'm taking this time to feature some of the most popular posts and new tools of the 2015-2016 school year.

Math is Fun is a free website that offers math games, puzzles, and tutorials. One of the tutorial resources that they offer is an illustrated mathematics dictionary. The Math is Fun dictionary offers more than 700 definitions of mathematics terms. All of the definitions include an illustration. Nearly 200 of the definitions include an animation. Some of the animations are interactive tutorials.

Applications for Education
For some students one of the obstacles to understanding how to solve a mathematics problem is understanding the vocabulary used in the problem. Once they understand the meaning of terms they have an easier time understanding and solving the problems. Having a glossary of terms often helps students get to the heart of a mathematics problem.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Four Visual Dictionaries and a Thesaurus for Kids

The right visual aids can make all the difference between students understanding a term or walking away shaking their heads. This pattern is true when students are learning new vocabulary words and or seeing the connections between similar words. Here are four visual dictionaries and a thesaurus that can help your students learn new vocabulary words.

Kids Wordsmyth is a great visual dictionary in which students can search for words, hear them pronounced, read definitions, and see illustrations of words. Students can search for words or simply browse through the Kids Wordsmyth online dictionary. The dictionary is arranged in a virtual book format with tabs for each letter of the alphabet.

Snappy Words is a free visual dictionary and thesaurus. Enter any word or phrase into the Snappy Words search box and it will create a web of related words, phrases, and definitions. Hover your cursor over any word or phrase in the web to read its definition. Click and drag any node to explore other branches of the web. Double click on a node and it will generate new web branches.

Image Dictionary is a Chrome extension that enables users to right-click on a word and quickly find an image that is representative of that word. To use the Image Dictionary extension just highlight a word on a webpage, right-click, and select "image search." The images that are shown come from Wikipedia. Image Dictionary could be a handy little extension to use when you want to quickly find an image to represent a plant, animal, or perhaps a broad topic.

Wili the Word Wizard's Math Dictionary is a glossary of important terms that elementary school and middle school students need to know to be successful in their mathematics classes. The dictionary includes diagrams when appropriate.

Visuwords uses a web design to show users the definitions of words and the connections between words. To use Visuwords just type a word into the search box and Visuwords will generate a web of related words. Place your cursor over any of the words and the definition appears. Use the color-coded key to understand the connections between the words in any web.

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Glossary of Ed Tech Terms

A few years ago I created a glossary of blogging terminology and included it in my guide to using Blogger in schools. I distribute that glossary when I lead workshops on blogging. Distributing the glossary provides everyone in the workshop with a common vocabulary to use. Using that common vocabulary gives people a higher level of comfort in asking questions and more precision in articulating what they need from me.

Chalkup recently published a glossary of ed tech terminology that could be helpful to anyone who is planning to lead an ed tech professional development event. The glossary covers things like 1:1 technology, blended learning, MOOC, and OER. The glossary includes definitions as well as links to additional materials to learn more about a chosen term.

We give students vocabulary lists and glossaries in our classrooms. We should do the same in professional development settings.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Glossary of Blogging Terminology - A PDF Handout

After years of leading workshops on blogging I have found that many people benefit from having a glossary of terms that they can refer to. Likewise, if you’re blogging with your students it is helpful if there is a common understanding of the terminology used in your blogging activities. Embedded below is the glossary of terms of that I created a couple of years ago for participants in my workshops. You can also click here to view and download the document.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

An Illustrated Glossary of Genetic Terms

The National Human Genome Research Institute has a great talking glossary of genetic terms for students. The glossary is available online and as a free iPad app. The Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms features scientists explaining each term. Most terms are accompanied by an illustration and some terms are accompanied by 3D animations.

Applications for Education
After reviewing terms in the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms students can test their knowledge by taking the Test Your Gene Knowledge quiz. The glossary on its own is a good review resource to link to your course blog or website.