Academic Word Finder Tool…Achieve the Core

         Achieve the Core has great resources for teachers. I am highlighting their Academic Word Finder tool. You will need an Achieve the Core account, but it is free. This tool takes any text and identifies 


     It is simple to use. You paste an text up to 20,000 words into the tool. Then select the grade level of the text.

   Then you will be prompted to add the title, author, and notes about the text. I only fill in the title and author.

       The site then produces the story with the words identified underlined. As well a  list of identified tier 2 or academic vocabulary words with part speech, meaning, example sentences and grade level. You are able to sort the list in below grade level, on grade level, and above grade level. You can also sort it in order of appearance, alphabetical, or grade level.

     The tool save your lists as well as allows you to print and email the lists. The Academic Word Finder is a great time saving tool. Check it out and let me know what you think or how you will use it in your classroom.


Technology Thursday Answer Garden Site and App

             I am joining Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday with an awesome new site. I am currently at training as a Core Coach for Tennessee and one of my fellow coaches has shared an amazing new site with me. Answer Garden is a brain storming site/app.

             Creating a AnswerGarden is simple. It walks you through each step and it takes two minutes to set it up. My favorite feature is that you can decided whether to allow answers to be posted or if they need to be approved first.

 It is a lot like a Wordle, but multiple individuals can answer at one time to add to it and create your Answergarden. The answer can either be 20 or 40 characters. 

        I am looking forward to using this site during the next school year and I would love to hear how you plan on using it in your classroom. Be sure to head over to Teaching Trio to find more tips and ideas.


Digital Learning Day Linky Party

Visit Teaching is My Calling to link up! 
              Digital Learning Day is February 1, 2012! This is nationwide celebration that encourages student engagement and personalized education through the use of technology and digital media. It is a day to try something new and/or highlight successes. This linky party is to do just that! Share your favorite technology blog, blog post, or lesson plan. Let us know your Digital Learning Day plans. I’m looking forward to learning many new things!

        February 1, 2012, is Digital Learning Day. It is a nationwide celebration to encourage student engagement and personalized education through the use of technology and digital media. Share your favorite technology post, or gather great ideas to help your students celebrate Digital Learning Day!

       Now to my post. My students enjoy technology and digital learning. In our classroom we use many different sites in our classroom. 

  1.  A great website with links to interactive lessons, Power Points, web quests and much more for grades K-12. 
  2.  Digital learning for middle and high school students
  3.  Great vocabulary builder and helps the needy at the same time. 
  4. Great information about a Flipped classroom
  5. Great paid-site for videos, games, and printables for different subjects and grades.
  6.  Great   for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. 
  7. Great site for science learning
  8. Site for creating all different types of graphs
  9. A site for creating  rubrics for the classroom
I hope you enjoy the sites


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