USEFUL LITERACY LINKS - Index


  • 8 ways technology has improved education An interesting collection of 8 different ways where technology has improved education: Better simulations and models; global learning; virtual manipulatives; probes and sensors; more efficient assessment; storytelling and multimedia; ebooks and epistemic games.
  • 100 helpful web tools for every kind of learner - Learning tools for visual, auditory and kinesthetic

  • A - Z OF KEY LITERACY TERMS - excellent reference

http://www.learner.org/workshops/readingk2/front/keyterms.html#Aesthetic_Responsel

  • CONVERTING YOUTUBE VIDEOS TO MP4 - ZAMZAR Sick of youtube being blocked at your school? Zamzar goes some way to allowing you to show these valuable youtube clips at school, without getting up the nose of the techies.

  • DROPBOX Put a file into your Dropbox and it’s on all of your computers and mobile devices, really handy if you own multiple devices. But there’s more to Dropbox: you can use it for file sharing, backing up your data and even remotely control your computer.

  • ECHUCA COLLEGE - DIVERSITY OUR STRENGTH
http://echucaelearning.wikispaces.com/Classroom+set-up - an extensive list of online resources plus much more. Well worth a look.

  • EMERGING TOP 100 TOOLS FOR LEARNING - as of August 15th
http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top100-2010.html - an extensive list of online resources - the top 100 - compiled by teachers, for teachers.

  • FUSE
https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/pages/Teacher.aspx

  • GAIL LOVELY'S WEB PAGE OF LITERACY RESOURCES
http://www.gaillovely.com/
http://www.gaillovely.com/Teach%20Reading%20in%20the%20Content%20Areas.htm - How to Boost Your Students' Understanding of Your Content Area: Be a Reading Teacher!



  • PREZI - find out how to make zooming presentations with Prezi - no more powerpoints or slideshows - lots of zooming fun.
  • 10 tips to help master Prezi - this site helps you navigate PREZI

  • READ, WRITE, THINK
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/ - Classroom resources - student interactives

  • ROYALTY FREE STUFF FOR TEACHERS
http://marynabadenhorst.globalteacher.org.au/royalty-free-stuff/
http://www.danosongs.com/ - royalty free music site - some with words, some without. Very extensive site. Best music one I have seen.

  • TEXT READERS
Adobe Acrobat Reader: You may not know this, but Adobe Reader has a feature that will allow the contents of the document to be read out loud. It can be a great way for the more auditorially inclined to get through readings.
Read Please: Cut and paste text or type it directly into the input form on this site and the program will read it to you. It can be a very useful tool for making sure essays and projects are written correctly.
Text Reader: Here you’ll find a tool that will give you audio for any text you feed into it.
Expressivo: This simple text reader will give you a variety of audio readings when you paste or type text into the entry form.
ItCanSay: This site has a great online text reader and can also give you some help pronouncing difficult words that aren’t said like they’re spelt.
Midomi: While not quite a text reader, this tool couldn’t be left out of this list. It’s a search engine that is based on sound rather than text. It can be a more intuitive way to find things if you respond better to sounds.

  • THE INSPIRED CLASSROOM
http://ht.ly/2qPMg has excellent links to using web 2.0 tools

  • TRANSLATION FROM ENGLISH TO ANY OTHER LANGUAGE
http://babelfish.yahoo.com Enter up to 150 words in the text box and then choose the language you want to translate it into. Interesting fun.

  • WEB 2.0 TOOLS - ALL IN ONE PLACE
http://teachweb2.wikispaces.com/

  • WORD SIFT
http://www.wordsift.com Type in your text - 65 words max, then click "sift". The sifter sorts the main words and you can then click on that word. The sifter brings up a word web, with alternate but similar words, along with images. Would support Non Fiction text very well.

  • WRITING TO LEARN
http://www.vit.vic.edu.au/files/documents/1429_research-digest_01_2008.pdf