Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!
Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.
Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers
Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All
Canva Photo Editor – free; simple drag and drop photo editor (L:G; SA:A)
Analyze My Writing – “Analyze My Writing is an online text content and readability analyzer. Copy and paste a text into the homepage and gain a wealth of information about your text including word and character counts, word and sentence lengths, the readability of your text, and other analyses. There is no registration and analysis of your text is completely free. You may analyze as many texts as you like, and the texts you analyze can be as long as your browser and system can handle.” (L:T; SA:A)
Hemingway App – “The app highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red. You can utilize a shorter word in place of a purple one. Mouse over it for hints. Adverbs are helpfully shown in blue. Get rid of them and pick verbs with force instead. Phrases in green have been marked to show passive voice. You can format your text with the toolbar. Paste in something you're working on and edit away. Or, click the Write button to compose something new.” (L:G; SA:A)
CSPAN Class Deliberations – “C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations provides teachers and students with a carefully selected set of video clips and newspaper articles that concisely present the leading positions related to current issues before Congress.” (L:H; SA:SS)
Quick Rubric – free; easy to make your own rubrics
Original photo by Pat Hensley