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Sep 15, 2012

Hello everybody,
Have a successful academic year full of inspiration and new ideas! As for me it seems to me I'm not going to contribute this blog anymore. Please drop by other blogs.
Best wishes,
Lyudmila Anikina

Aug 20, 2012

Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting: List of Works Cited

This vidcast introduces the viewers to the basics of MLA style documentation, focusing on the list of works cited. For more information on this, please see the following resources on the Purdue OWL:
Purdue OWL: MLA Works Cited: Basic Format:
Purdue OWL: MLA Works Cited: Books: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/
Purdue OWL: MLA Works Cited: Periodicals: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/07/
Purdue OWL: MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
Purdue OWL: MLA Works Cited: Other Common Sources: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/09/

How to Write an Essay

How to Write an Essay - Collegues, I find this site useful for us and our students.
A step-by-step tutorial on how to write an effective essay for...

Aug 19, 2012

Anna's reflections and archive: Introduction to the Blog

Anna's reflections and archive: Introduction to the Blog: I have decided to start this blog specifically for 2012 EVO session as last year I found it difficult to keep track of all the websites that...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Week 1 Reflection

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Week 1 Reflection: Week 1 is almost over and we are asked to choose one of the tools that we have been introduced to and design a lesson plan. Well, the tool...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Week 1 Reflection

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Week 1 Reflection: Week 1 is almost over and we are asked to choose one of the tools that we have been introduced to and design a lesson plan. Well, the tool...

Anna's reflections and archive: Gamification - Week 1

Anna's reflections and archive: Gamification - Week 1: The week was very fruitful. I am thoroughly enjoying this course. First of all I loved Larry Ferlazzo's Blog where he has a collection of...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - DreamDoze

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - DreamDoze: This week we are asked to look at some sites which offer various story telling tools. I have looked at three so far:  http://dreamdoze.com/ ...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Collaborative Writing

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Collaborative Writing: We were given quite a few links to various online writing websites where students can collaborate on their writing tasks to analyse. The f...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Presentation Online

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Presentation Online: As I love teaching Business English, the tools that we had to have a look at at the end of Week 2 were of a particular interest to me. As ...

Anna's reflections and archive: Web 2.0 Tools - Patterns of Participation

Anna's reflections and archive: Web 2.0 Tools - Patterns of Participation: This week we have learnt a lot about online course participant behaviour and building for social presence. Very useful! First we had a loo...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Writing Activities Online

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Writing Activities Online: Apart from Collaborative Writing Tool sites, there are also other sites which offer practice for writing skills. Among them are Word Clouds...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Treasure Hunt

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Treasure Hunt: The first task was a challenge I have to say. Not really that easy to form an opinion about 12 sites within 30 minutes. I only managed to lo...

Anna's reflections and archive: Designing for Social Presence - Motivating online ...

Anna's reflections and archive: Designing for Social Presence - Motivating online ...: The topic of this week's discussion is Motivation. It is actually quite interesting to think about motivation for online students because ...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Listening Lesson Plan

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Listening Lesson Plan: My Listening Math 3+12=15 DIGITAL RESOURCES  http://www.youtube.com/show/10questions http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/3-unique-ways-t...

Anna's reflections and archive: DigItal Tools - Videocasts, Sketchcasts and Video ...

Anna's reflections and archive: DigItal Tools - Videocasts, Sketchcasts and Video ...: This week has been really hectic for me: so many tasks to do that I thought I wasn't going to make it. But I seem to be coping well at the m...

Anna's reflections and archive: Web 2.0 Tools - Task and assessment design

Anna's reflections and archive: Web 2.0 Tools - Task and assessment design:  This week has been really challanging because we had to give feedback to the way some forums were run and also look at some forms of altern...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Read, Summarize, Publish

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - Read, Summarize, Publish: I loved this activity! What a wonderful idea to ask students to summarize their reading tasks and create a newspaper! I summarized Combini...

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - ReadThinkWrite

Anna's reflections and archive: Digital Tools - ReadThinkWrite: I am impressed by the lesson plan we were supposed to analyze this week. Very creative! It has also been very handy as my students (Advance...

Anna's reflections and archive: Web 2.0 Tools - Moderation Skills

Anna's reflections and archive: Web 2.0 Tools - Moderation Skills: There is a lot of reading to do this week, but unfortunately I haven't got round to it yet. At the moment I would just like to archive the...

Anna's reflections and archive: Scheduling a Meeting

Anna's reflections and archive: Scheduling a Meeting: A great Web 2.0 tool that allows you to collaborate with others anywhere in the world to schedule an online meeting, http://www.scheduleon...

Anna's reflections and archive: 6 Key Questions for Teachers and Trainers at the C...

Anna's reflections and archive: 6 Key Questions for Teachers and Trainers at the C...: This was a fantastic talk given by Jeremy Harmer. It was actually quite a funny one too. Jeremy Harmer has such a great sense of humour.  Du...

Anna's reflections and archive: Sound Advice or Pronunciation Practice

Anna's reflections and archive: Sound Advice or Pronunciation Practice: The talk by Suzanne Cloke was about tools to use when teaching pronunciation, something that many of our learners are struggling with.  I wi...

Anna's reflections and archive: First for Schools

Anna's reflections and archive: First for Schools: The webinar conducted by Cambridge ESOL Examinations was very informative. The aim of the webinar was to give an overview of the format of C...

Anna's reflections and archive: 10 tips for ESP teachers

Anna's reflections and archive: 10 tips for ESP teachers: The webinar that I attended today was called 10 Tips for ESP Teachers and it was conducted by Keith Harding . In many cases we are all wor...

Anna's reflections and archive: Diigo, Scoop.it and Pinterest - Bookmarking Tools

Anna's reflections and archive: Diigo, Scoop.it and Pinterest - Bookmarking Tools: A friend of mine asked me about the difference between Diigo, Scoop.It and Pinterest and while replying to her, I thought that I could actua...

Reflective School by Pappas

The Common Core and Bloom’s Taxonomy


Great free teacher resources at teh Cornerstone Linky Party! Click the Link Below:
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All students need to meet the new common core standards. Here , each standard for literary text is fitted with Bloom’s taxonomy to provide assignments for students at different levels. All students are working in the same standard, but completing different assignments to demonstrate their work in that standard.
Common Core Standards and Blooms Taxonomy Literacy Activities

Bloom's Taxonomy Poster

Anna's reflections and archive: Photopeach versus Educreations

Anna's reflections and archive: Photopeach versus Educreations: In this post I would like to make a comparison of two online presentation tools: Photopeach and Educreations . I like both these tools but ...

Anna's reflections and archive: MentorMob

Anna's reflections and archive: MentorMob: I found MentorMob by chance and really liked the tool. This is a great tool which allows a team to put articles, videos and blogs related t...

Anna's reflections and archive: Translate or not Translate?

Anna's reflections and archive: Translate or not Translate?: There have been a lot of debates around using L1 in the classroom. Some teachers think that translation helps our learners to understand tex...

Anna's reflections and archive: World Statistics - Infographic

Anna's reflections and archive: World Statistics - Infographic: This was my first attempt at creating an infographic. The topic I picked may seem a bit sad, but that's the reality which could create disc...

Anna's reflections and archive: How to Create Infographics with Easel.ly

Anna's reflections and archive: How to Create Infographics with Easel.ly: At first I wanted to create my own screencast tutorial on how to create infographics but then I found a really good video on Youtube and dec...

KET/PET/FCE - Understanding Scores

FCE - Use of English

Jun 10, 2012

Symphony of Science Bundle v1​.​5

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Your favorite scientific thinkers become rock stars in the first compilation of songs from the acclaimed video series Symphony of Science. Includes all 15 songs, plus one unreleased track and a desktop background to boot.
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"We Are Star Dust" - Symphony of Science

[Neil deGrasse Tyson]
We are part of this universe
We are in this universe
The universe is in us
Yes, the universe is in us

[Lawrence Krauss]
Every atom in your body
Came from a star that exploded
You are all star dust
From a star that exploded

Look up at the night sky
We are part of that
The universe itself
Exists within us

We are star dust
In the highest exalted way
Called by the universe
Reaching out to the universe

We are star dust
In the highest exalted way
Reaching out to the universe
With these methods and tools of science

[Richard Feynman]
Stand in the middle and enjoy everything both ways
The tininess of us;
The enormity of the universe

The atoms that make up the human body
Are traceable to the crucibles
That cooked light elements
Into heavy elements

These stars went unstable in their later years
And then exploded
Scattering their enriched guts
Across the galaxy


We are part of this universe
We are in this universe
The universe is in us
Yes, the universe is in us

Welcome to the Symphony of Science

The Symphony of Science is a musical project of John D Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. The project owes its existence in large measure to the classic PBS Series Cosmos, by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steve Soter, as well as all the other featured figures and visuals. Continuation of the videos relies on generous support from fans and followers. You can make a donation if you wish to contribute support to the project. Thanks to everybody who has donated - enjoy what you find!NEWS (5/9/2012):
A new video is out today - "We Are Star Dust"! A musical celebration of our celestial origins, featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Feynman and Lawrence Krauss. Watch it here!

The Symphony of Science bundle has been updated to version 1.5! The newest song is now included in this 16-track compilation album which includes a special unreleased track and Symphony of Science wallpaper. Click here to get it!
If you enjoy my works, I am available for hire as a composer / video producer. Click Here for more info, or email me at john@symphonyofscience.com.

Jun 6, 2012

When you stop walking…

by Paulo Coelho on June 5, 2012

In one of my books (The Zahir), I try to understand why people are so afraid of changing. When I was right in the middle of writing the text, I came across an odd interview with a woman who had just written a book on – guess what? – love.
The journalist asks whether the only way a human being can become happy is to find their beloved. The woman says no:
“Love changes, and nobody understands that. The idea that love leads to happiness is a modern invention, dating from the late 17th century. From that time on, people have learned to believe that love should last for ever and that marriage is the best way to exercise love. In the past there was not so much optimism about the longevity of passion.
“Romeo and Juliet isn’t a happy story, it’s a tragedy. In the last few decades, expectation has grown a lot regarding marriage being the path towards personal accomplishment. Disappointment and dissatisfaction have also grown at the same time.”
According to the magical practices of the witchdoctors in the North of Mexico, there is always an event in our lives that is responsible for our having stopped making progress. A trauma, a particularly bitter defeat, disappointment in love, even a victory that we fail to quite understand, ends up making us act cowardly and incapable of moving ahead. The witchdoctor finds and gets rid of this “accommodating point”. To do so, he has to review our life and discover where this point lies.
Because, according to the story that we were told, at a certain moment in our lives “we reach our limit”. There are no more changes to be made. We won’t grow any more. Both professionally and in love, we have reached the ideal point, and it’s best to leave things as they are. But the truth is that we can always go further. Love more, live more, risk more.
Immobility is never the best solution. Because everything around us changes (including love) and we must accompany that rhythm.
I have been married to the same person for 33 years, but methaphorically speaking, the same marriage contains several “new marriages” during our relationship. Our bodies and souls changed, and we are still togeher. If we wanted to keep on as we were in 1979, I don’t think we would have come so far.

Jun 3, 2012

Digital Literacies

Google Forms For Everything

With Google Formsyou can create free, online surveys, quizzes, questionnaires, registration forms, and many more data collection tools. Learn how to create forms with many types of questions, share forms with others, collect data, and analyze and use the results. See practical examples of how we have used Google Forms in our district including online quizzes, computer lab reservations, parent email address collection, student registration, community surveys, technology request forms, data collection for science experiments, and more.
For more details and resources related to this presentation please see here: http://www.appsusergroup.org/presentations/google-forms-for-everything

Paperless Classroom

The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs!
Google Docs makes it possible to create and share documents digitally. This is great for the classroom, but it can also be a management challenge if you have lots of students and lots of docs. Learn the best ways to share docs, properly use collections, create dropboxes for students, make handout folders for teachers, use comments to provide feedback and help students revise work, make use of the template gallery, and more. The paperless classroom is possible!

For more details and resources related to this presentation please see here: http://www.appsusergroup.org/presentations/paperless-classroom

May 15, 2012

Instant Lessons From English Central

Browse or Download the sample PDF and see what it is all about.
30 of the hundreds of lessons profiled,
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May 8, 2012

Dreams and nightmares

by Paulo Coelho on May 5, 2012

No one will realistically think that you can make a living out of literature in Brazil. I faced many difficulties. When I was young, my parents in a desperate act of love, as they cared for me, sent me to a mental institution. They thought I was mad, as I wanted to be a writer. However, I was absolutely convinced about what I wanted to be.
The fact that you know your dreams is not enough. It is not good, living with the fact that you have it in you. You have to think of measures to manifest your dreams and be brave enough to pay the price of it. In a way, I postponed my dreams, and I was almost 40 when I dare to write my first book, The Pilgrimage.
And my second book, The Alchemist, was first published and then put out of print by my first publisher. “This title will never sell more than 900 copies”, he said. Today “The Alchemist is among the best selling books of all times.
If you are hurt about something that is meaningless to you, you can blame anybody else for it. But it is quite complicated to be hurt about something that is meaningful to you.
Then you get confused, as you know the dream is there. And the dream is not going to leave you as long as you live.
But besides the pain, there is also a great joy. You are fighting for something meaningful. Defeats are part of life, IF you don’t decide to quit.
And at the end of your life, you will understand: the journey was fantastic.

Apr 24, 2012

Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century


One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront. It seems a no brainer…one of those things… “I should have thought about it”… So what is this upgrade all about?

An “H” snuck into the Acronym!
  • What does this “H” stand for”?
  • Why is this an upgrade for the 21st century?
I started out by searching Google, which immediately wanted to correct my search term and showed me the traditional “KWL chart” results. I had to re-affirm that I indeed wanted to find out more about KWHL charts. (The nerve…!)

The top search results turned out mostly downloadable files for templates, which was quiet interesting as there were several explanations in these tutorials what the “H” could stand for:
  • HOW can we find the answers to these questions?
  • HOW can we find out what we want to learn?
  • HOW did the learning take place?
  • HOW can we learn more?
  • HOW will we find the information?

50 Sites In 60 Minutes

Apr 13, 2012

Sound Maps from The British Library

Sound Maps from The British Library
The British Library's sound maps provides a good way to explore more than 50,000 audio recordings organized into nine categories. To hear the recordings select a category then click on the placemarks on the maps. The map categories include accents & dialogues, soundscapes, wildlife, and oral histories of holocaust survivors.

Applications for Education
British Library's sound maps could be used in a number of content areas. In science courses the sound maps offer a nice way for students to hear the sounds of animals that they're learning about in different regions of the world. The accents & dialogues map could be useful for language arts lessons. The stories of holocaust survivors could make great supplementary material for lessons on WWII.

H/T to Google Maps Mania.

Initial Impressions of Qwiki Creator (From the Blog Free Technology For Teachers by Richard Byrne)

Initial Impressions of Qwiki Creator

Last month I learned that Qwiki was launching a creation tool that allows users to create their own multimedia Qwikis. A Qwiki is a short narrated story that includes images, videos, and text. This morning I received my invitation to try out the new Qwiki Creator, these are my initial impressions.

Creating the basics of a Qwiki is very easy. There are three steps to the process; uploading content (or linking to hosted content like a Flickr image), recording narration, and captioning content. One of the things that I learned in my first attempt at creating a Qwiki is that the order in which you upload content is the order in which it will appear in your Qwiki. Perhaps I overlooked it, but I couldn't find a way to reorder my uploads. Voice recordings are limited to 20 seconds. You can also record with your webcam and have a video of yourself appear in your Qwiki. Captioning your content is very straight forward. After uploading content and making your recordings you're presented with a grid of all of your content to caption. Just fill in the blanks in the caption fields. The caption screen is where you can insert links.

The Qwiki Creator browser bookmarklet, titled Qwik It!, is a handy little product that will help some students clip and organize content for their Qwiki projects. With Qwik It! installed students can clip sections of webpages and send them directly to their Qwiki Creator accounts. From there they can use the clipped content to build a Qwiki.

Applications for Education
I was hoping for a bit more from the Qwiki Creator, but despite some of its editing limitations it could be a good tool for students to use to create short multimedia stories. Students could create personal narratives using Qwiki Creator. Or you might have students create short introductory narratives about topics that they're studying in your classes.

If you want to see my first attempt at creating a Qwiki, you can watch it below.

Want to create your own Qwiki? Do it »

Apr 1, 2012

The Quote of the Day

A loving relationship is one in which
the loved one is free to be himself -
to laugh with me, but never at me;
to cry with me, but never because of me;
to love life, to love himself,
to love being loved.
Such a relationship is based upon freedom
and can never grow in a jealous heart.
- Leo F. Buscaglia.

Mar 31, 2012

100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education

100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education
grad imageYury Lifshits is working on algorithms and prototypes of new services at Yahoo! Research. Before that he was teaching university courses in the U.S., Germany, Russia and Estonia. He blogs at yurylifshits.com and publishes his teaching materials at yury.name/teaching.
Education technology has become a busy space in recent years. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates continue to push the envelope with enormous philanthropic gifts toward education reform; Blackboard.com was traded at a $1 billion plus valuation; and Google is putting millions into education tech sites like KhanAcademy. At Mashable, you’ve read about social campaigns for education, gaming in education and free educational resources.
With so many startups on the scene, it is easy to get lost. Fortunately, most innovation is centered around a short list of fundamental ideas. In this post, we’ll walk through nine clusters of education tech companies.

Mar 23, 2012

Multimodal Learning Through Media

Video Courses For All – Coming Soon!

I'm Obliged to David For My Passion to Web 2.0

I wear many teaching hats. Besides my courses at the university teaching education & schooling and tending to EFL Classroom 2.0 and my own online school, most of my waking hours are spent working with video for language teaching through EnglishCentral. I’m keen and bullish on this approach to learning/teaching a language – authentic video where there is both input/output, in context vocabulary study and constant feedback for the students and teachers. Come join the video teaching revolution!
It’s not official yet but given my role, I am able to give readers a small preview of our release of courses next week – timed for TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia which I’ll be attending. We’ll be launching many great courses with more to come weekly. They’ll be in many categories:
Business | Academic | Media | Social | Travel | Young Learners
Included will be ESP video content from Garnet Education and sensational video courses from Nat. Geographic.
I can’t let the cat out of the bag and we’ll have an official post on the EnglishCentral blog soon. However, note that they are a multimedia online textbook. Students study the units by watching and speaking the video and studying the vocabulary in quizzes and in the video itself. The units are designed to reflect a week’s study and teachers can add individual videos for study, to complement the professionally curated courses. Teachers can add courses to their class page for students to study – just like they presently add topics on EnglishCentral.
Look for the launch post on the EnglishCentral blog. We are excited, I’m excited. We are bringing something to the fore that we think is intuitive and will appeal to schools and teachers. Here’s an example of the preview page for a course, with how the course looks in a class page.

A Lesson a Day

This awesome resorce is commented on by its author David Deubelbeiss.

David Deubelbeiss  Professor at Nipissing University ·
 No worksheets in this "interactive" addition. However if you click the pages you get sometimes to a resource where you can download a resource. But I forgot to upload the powerpoint for teachers (same thing as this but for use offline. I'll have a link for it soon in our Resources forum. But I made this to very quickly give teachers (especially beginning) a quick resource for very strong activities.http://community.eflclassroom.com/page/a-lesson-a-day
one more resource for sudents to learn, for teachers to teach.

Mar 21, 2012

This is Cool! Albert Einstein's Library Online

This is Cool! Albert Einstein's Library Online this great resource is taken from Ricard Byrne's blog
Through the Open Culture blog I just learned that more than 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents and drawings are now available to view for free at Einstein Archives Online. The archives include not only his scientific work but also his images and documents from his travels and thoughts on the world in general.

Mar 19, 2012

LessonWriter.com Is Your Timesaver in Writing Lesson Plans

I attended  an on-line course 'Digitools' in the EVO-Session-2012 in February. This is my Digitool mate's opinion on LessonWriter.com. I share it.
At the beginning I was somewhat skeptical when I saw the
 demonstration of the LessonWritter (http://lessonwriter.com/html/index.asp) but then I thought that this tool could be a terrific timesaver for teachers. "LessonWriter is a web application that creates lesson plans and instructional materials for teaching English language skills from any reading passage. Just copy & paste any text into LessonWriter, and, after it is analyzed for vocabulary, grammar and usage, pronunciation, and word roots and stems, a complete lesson and lesson plan are prepared - automatically.” This is not a panacea, but these “automatically created” lesson plans could serve as a spring-board and leave you time for creativity. One more important factor- it is free!

Screen Leap - Instant and Easy Screen Sharing

Screen Leap - Instant and Easy Screen Sharing from Richard Byrne's blog  Free technologies for teachers

Screen Leap is a free screen sharing service that I recently learned about through a post by Vicki Davis. To share your screen using Screen Leap just visit the site, click "share your screen," enable the Java applet, and send the sharing code to the person you want to view your screen. The person receiving your invitation code will be able to see your screen when you have Screen Leap activated.

Applications for Education
Screen Leap could be a handy little tool for those times when it is easier to show someone how to do something than it is to tell them how to do it. I'm thinking it could be particularly useful when you're trying to walk someone through setting up an account on a new-to-them web service.

Here are some other screen sharing services you might want to try:
Quick Screen Share
Big Marker
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Mar 11, 2012

Prezi: Step-by-Step

Welcome To My Digital Journal

Dear colleagues!
I curate the digital journal 'Handy Tools For EFL Teachers' I've created with Scoop.it! Welcome to this link http://www.scoop.it/t/handytools-for-efl-teachers . Also I invite you to visit my PearlTrees http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-u=1_560860&N-fa=4556038&N-s=1_4556038&N-f=1_4556038&N-p=37357034 where I combined my favourite sites that appeal to my interests. This tool helps you to create and manage your PLN.
I'd appreciate your comments and ideas about it.
Best wishes,
Lyudmila Anikina

Mar 4, 2012

Sourcing Images By Ana Christina

Blogs, digital stories and magazines all become more interesting with images - but where does one find free images for personal use? You can use your own photos or perhaps explore the following sites.

You can begin by using a search engine specifically for images.Oolone  and  Picsearch and two well known search engines; you can also try usingFotopedia, which offers more than just a search engine and is beautiful to explore. 

Pixolution is another cool search engine which you can use to find images which interest you. There is alsoPicsLikeThat which allows you to search in different languages. Below is a short video explaining what you can do withPicsLikeThat.  


If you prefer to go directly to a source where free images are offered, these are some sites which you can look:


Photos 8 

Image After

Feb 28, 2012

15 Tools to Help You Go Paperless

 15 Tools to Help You Go Paperless

Kelly Tenkely | Teaching.monster.com

Schools are notorious for enormous copy budgets. Between parent/home communications, student work, and staff communication, schools are drowning in a sea of paper. Transforming the school into a paperless environment is eco-friendly, budget friendly, and can increase productivity. With all of the free online options, going green is easier than ever.  

Paperless students and teachers:

1. Spelling City www.spellingcity.com

Spelling city is a free online environment where students can practice and study spelling words. Instead of handing out a paper spelling list at the beginning of each week, give your students a link to Spelling City where they can find the weeks spelling words. Sign up as a Spelling City teacher (free) and enter spelling lists. Students can get onto Spelling City and find spelling lists by searching the teacher name. Spelling city will teach your students the spelling words by saying the word and then using it in a sentence. Students can practice their spelling words by playing games with the words, there are several games to choose from. Spelling city will even give practice spelling tests to students. For a small fee, teachers can set up record books and give the final spelling test online. Put an end to copies of spelling lists and send your kids online. You will save trees and students will get great practice with their words.

2. Tut Pup www.tutpup.com

Every month teachers all over the world print out hundreds of fact practice worksheets. Tut Pup is an outstanding free math-fact practice website. It is a competition between students from around the world. As students practice their math facts, they can see how they measure up with other students, motivating them to work at their math-facts and speed up. Students are matched up with other students from around the world where they play fact games and compete in real time to see who best knows their stuff. There is nothing more motivating than a little healthy competition! The site doesn’t collect any personal information from students, they are provided generic login information. Tut Pup helps students build math fact skills in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, algebra, or a mixture of those skills. Tut Pup is highly motivating, takes into account different learning levels, and builds a variety of math-fact skills. Each student can work on math facts at their ability level. Lower level students are engaged and feel successful, and higher level students are challenged. This site will have your students asking, “can I play this game at home too?” When have you ever had a student ask to practice math facts at home? Students truly love the competition of this site and get the added benefit of increasing their math-fact recall skills without running up the copy quotient.

3. Popling www.popling.net

Popling’s motto is “Learning without studying”. This website allows you to create virtual flash cards that pop up on a computer screen every few minutes (teachers determine how often) while students work on the computer. Classroom computers can be set up with Poplings about any subject. As students are working on the computers they can also be practicing math facts, vocabulary, geography, etc. These flash cards are a great way for students to study without creating sets and sets of 3×5 notecards.

4. Knowtes www.knowtes.com

Knowtes is a flash card based learning community that allows teachers and students to build flash card decks online. The flash cards can then be studied online. When cards are added to a Knowtes deck, it becomes due at optimized intervals. The Knowtes ‘Adaptive Learning Engine’ adjusts how frequently cards should be studied based on how well students know them. Knowtes decks can be easily shared between teachers, students, and peer groups. Each student gets their own study room where they can organize their decks and study. The study rooms include helpful tips for studying. Cards can be created with text, images, audio, and video. This is a great way for students to study sans 3×5 note card. These are truly smart flash cards, if a student consistently gets an answer wrong, it requires them study it more than those that they consistently get right. What paper note card can do that?

Continue reading 4-9 on the next page…

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