Thursday, June 16, 2016

Online Tools For Teachers: Designed to assist with literacy in all subject areas

So often as teachers, our time is limited and minimal when it comes to finding online tools that can assist us in the classroom setting. I've compiled this list of online tools in one spot so in hopes that you may find some of them useful & get home to your families after work a little sooner:
'Academic vocabulary (also known as Tier 2 vocabulary) words appear in many different contexts and are subtle or precise ways to say relatively simple things, for example “relative” or “accumulate”.The challenge to teachers is to be alert to the presence of tier two words, determine which ones need to be taught, and which words deserve more time and effort for richer understanding. The Academic Word Finder pulls the most useful academic vocabulary words from a given text.
This tool does not replace teacher judgment; rather it helps to support the teacher and identify the most useful academic words. The Academic Word Finder produces a list of words that are not too common (so that most students know them) and not too rare (so that they are not often found in texts). That said, there may be other academic vocabulary words that are either rare or common that a teacher determines are important to the text.
In addition, the academic vocabulary identified in a text can be a proxy for text complexity, though it does not replace the work a teacher does to fully analyze a text for complexity.'
  • Lexipedia  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 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 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  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 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!


  1. Thanks Crystal! Excited to check out Professor Garfield!

  2. Thanks Crystal! Excited to check out Professor Garfield!