Join Randy for a Webinar on Authentic Writing and Literacy!

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by Randy Fairfield, 2/15/17

Join me on 2/22/17 at 1:30 PST as I partner with Hapara to host a webinar on Authentic Writing and Literacy! For more information, click here!

If you missed the webinar, you can still check out in the Hapara webinar archives.


Yakitome: A Free Text-to-Speech Web Application!

Yakitome is a great way to have students take their typed text and have it read back to them. Shoot, I’ve been using it myself to help clean up my grammatical mistakes!

****** UPDATE ******

Yakitome can be a bit clunky sometimes. Text2speech is looking like it is a better option at this time!


NoRedInk: Grammar Made Fun!

Have you ever had students look forward to grammar? I didn’t either until I started using NoRedInk, which is a very student-friendly web application that gives learners a chance to practice and perfect grammar skills on sentences generated based on student interest profiles. NoRedInk can also be linked with Edmodo and used as an Edmodo App.


The Visual Thesaurus

The visual thesaurus can be a great tool in helping students build their vocabulary and meet the following Common Core State Standard:

Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital.


Use Storyboard That to Enrich Your History and English Classes

StoryBoard That is an incredible tool that students can use to create storyboards. Students can use these storyboards to get ideas for narrative writing, recreate historical events, and depict key plot events in a novel. I really like the idea of giving students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning, so using StoryBoard That as a possible alternative to traditional assessment has some appeal to me (and perhaps you too!).