Working on Vocabulary with Technology & 21st Century Tools

Links to Resources:

Links to Technology Tools for Vocabulary Development:Dynamo.png
  • Word Dynamo
    • http://dynamo.dictionary.comFrom elementary to college level (they have activities to help with the GRE) Dynamo is dictionary.com's more recent addition to help students with vocabulary. All levels are represented, as are different subject areas, focus areas like Greek & Latin roots, ACT preparation, elementary prefixes, etc. This is a great starting point and one to share with your students and parents.
      • 21st Century Skill: Communication, Content Knowledge, Computers
      • Best Practice: Marzano's Similarities and Differences, vocabulary development (steps 2, 4 & 5)

  • Vocab Grabbervocabgrab.png
    • http://www.visualthesaurus.com/vocabgrabber/
      VocabGrabber allows the user/student to copy and paste text into an area on the screen and then sort the words by curricular area, frequency, familiarity, etc. Words can be selected from the sorted list for use with virtual thesaurus to look for synonyms and build meaning. Noted researcher, Robert Marzano emphasizes the importance of working with words,building student meaning and exploring words as steps in the development of reading vocabulary. This site is one you will want to put on your "radar."
      • 21st Century Skill: Communication
      • Best Practice: Marzano's Similarities and Differences, vocabulary development (steps 2, 4 & 5)

  • Quizletquizlet.jpg
    • http://quizlet.com/ ~ High School Quizlet Example ~ Middle School Quizlet Example ~
      The FREE version of Quizlet allows you to enter words, definitions, and pictures that can be used in a variety of ways to work on vocabulary. Flash cards are the main focus, but the gaming format and ability to put in pictures makes this free tool a "plus" for teachers wanting new strategies for helping students develop their vocabulary. This won't be for everyone, but it might be worth a look.
      • 21st Century Skill: Communication, Creativity, ICT Literacy
      • Best Practice: Marzano Steps 3, 4, 5, 6

  • Wall WisherScreen_shot_2011-10-28_at_4.04.35_PM.png
    • http://www.wallwisher.com
      Wall wisher can be a great tool for creating a linear array of words which promotes vocabulary development. Linear arrays are visual representations of degree. An activity like the one below (check link) helps students examine subtle distinctions in words.
    • Here is an example: http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/fc-linear
    • Templates: card template.doc ~ Linear Cards.doc
      • 21st Century Skill: Communication, Creativity, ICT Literacy, Content Knowledge, Collaboration
      • Best Practice: Marzano Steps 3, 4, 5, 6

  • Word Wall Tools:Chloro.jpg
    • Digital Tools/Digital Word Walls: Wall Wisher (see above)
    • Other Tools to try: Stixy, Linoit, Google Docs
    • Tools to create Paper/Low Tech Word Walls: Wordle, Cool Text , Big Huge Labs Motivator Posters
    • Consider Word Wall Locations: Overhead markers on windows, Hanging from Ceilings, Ceiling tiles & markers, Hula Hoops as mobiles, stained glass/overhead transparencies, magnets on whiteboards, CD case frames on bookcases (template)

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