Photo credit: Turbo Typer is a fun game for beginners. I think that you can still type a bit slower and still win races. There are interesting racetracks to select. I like the space track, and the deserted island track. You can practice typing with the top, middle, or bottom row of letters.
Photo credit: RoomRecess.com Jab!Jab! is a game that students can use to improve their typing speed and accuracy. This game is pretty straight forward. You select whether you want to practice the top, middle (the home row), or bottom rows of keys (that have letters on them). Next, pick a boxer. The computer will pick […]
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Photo credit: Speechnotes Speechnotes is a free speech-to-text software which will allow students to speak into the microphone and have their conversation dictated and turned into text. Disclaimer: with this type of software, it is important to clearly say where the punctuation goes as well as where to start a new line or add a […]
Photo credit NaturalReader Natural Reader is a free text-to-speech software that can take pdfs, Word documents or text that is copied and pasted, and it will read it aloud. Disclaimer: sometimes the formatting gets skewed when the text is pasted into the box.
Photo credit: Grammarly Grammarly is a free software to help students check their usage of grammar [and plagiarism; I believe with the upgrade which costs money]. Teachers can use Grammarly for their own work, and to have students pre-check their own work, which saves teachers countless hours of time providing feedback to students about their […]
Photo credit: busuu Ltd. Busuu for Kids offers 3 free units to teach students 150 words in Spanish & English. It is targeted for Kids, but they advertise that adults will appreciate it too. For flashcards for 12 separate languages, go to the main version of busuu. This could also be helpful for those who […]
Photo credit: Newsela Newsela provides interesting articles at a variety of reading difficulties. When using articles in the classroom, this could aid students who struggle with reading text, such as students with dyslexia & ESL (English as a second language) students, while still challenging students who are reading at a more challenging level. There is […]
Photo credit: Listenwise Listenwise provides interesting podcasts for Science, Humanities, & ESL. When using articles in the classroom, this could aid students who struggle with reading text, such as students with dyslexia & ESL students. These podcasts also focus on exposing students to more complex language, vocabulary, and topics to improve their reading skills. Here […]
Photo credit: Doodler Charles Doodle Buddy is a free app that students can use to paint and stamp with their finger. This is a great art tool; however, its usefulness does not end there. I’ve seen this tool used to help early readers trace out letters, blends, and words. I’ve also seen it used for […]