- Academic Word Finder http://achievethecore.org/academic-word-finder/ Once you register, at no cost, you can use this site to find the most common academic words within any passage of text that you copy and paste into it. Especially useful when following Marzano's 6-steps of Vocabulary Instruction (http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept09/vol67/num01/Six-Steps-to-Better-Vocabulary-Instruction.aspx)
- Lexipedia http://www.lexipedia.com/ This online thesaurus is awesome as it not only provides a plethora of synnonyms and antonym words but then colour codes all words into parts of speech in a visual web. It also includes "fuzzynyms" which are closely related words such as read/write which are both related but loosely so.
- Vocabahead http://www.vocabahead.com/ This site is most useful for Jr High and High School students and is worthy of a look due to the videos that represent each word.
- Thinglink www.thinglink.com Every image or video can be tagged with links to Youtube, websites or additional graphics. Seriously engaging for students and relatively simple for teachers & students to create with the free software. Say goodbye to typical 2D photos and hello to engaging students in learning more through annotation!
- WolframAlpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/ This site although once primarily used for math has now grown to many other disciplines. If you haven't been to wolframalpha in a while, here's your opportunity to check it out.
- Professor Garfield http://www.professorgarfield.org/pgf_home.html A place to learn for K-8 students beyond the classroom teacher's lessons.
I hope this post has helped you find useful educational tools and as always I invite you to let me know what your favourites are so that this post can be updated.
Thanks for reading!