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What it is:  Lexipedia is an amazing site for learning about words and word relationships.  Just type in a word to look it up on Lexipedia and in seconds you will have a web of words complete with definitions.  Lexipedia gives all nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, fuzzynyms, synonyms, and antonyms for the word.  Students can choose to see all of these words at once or choose to show only one type of result.  When students hover their mouse over a word, the definition pops up over the word.  Students get an immediate visual of word relationships. How to integrate Lexipedia into the classroom:   Lexipedia is the perfect site to use during any literacy lesson.  This site is an excellent resource to stretch and build student vocabulary.  Use Lexipedia with an interactive whiteboard or projector during reading.  When the class comes upon an unfamiliar word, invite a student to type the word into the search.  Read the definition as a class and look at the synonyms and word connections.  Bookmark Lexipedia on classroom computers for easy access.  During writing, students can use Lexipedia as a editing center where they enhance their writing with vivid verbs and adjectives.  Lexipedia is also an excellent place to start when learning a new science concept.  Type key vocabulary into Lexipedia and encourage students to guess what science concepts they will be learning based on the vocabulary and word connections.  This visual dictionary and thesaurus goes above and beyond and will increase your student’s vocabulary and word understanding exponentially!    Tips:   I learned about this outstanding site from rmbyrne on his fantastic blog.  Such a great, useful find! Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Lexipedia in your classroom.

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Posted by admin | Posted in Blogs, Language Arts, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Web2.0 | Posted on 02-10-2007

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What it is: Web 2.0 resources are amazing, I love the potential for connecting students and teachers in a new way. edu 2.0 is an incredible free tool that allows teachers and students to connect and interact outside of the traditional classroom. This is, in essence, a virtual classroom.

How to integrate edu 2.0 into the classroom: edu 2.0 allows teachers to add a new dimension to teaching. Post private classes online, upload daily lessons, keep a student roster, student attendance, a calendar, assignments, grade book, graph scores, start a class forum, chat, wiki, polls, and feeds, create surveys and quizzes that can be completed online. This is a great way to extend teaching, teach students how to use web 2.0 tools, offer tutoring and out-side of school teaching, and offering courses to home school students or small schools who may not have the resources to offer specialized classes.

Tips: This is an amazing FREE resource, be sure to participate in the edu 2.0 forum. Graham, the creator, is extremely open to new ideas from teachers and often creates new features and implements them quickly based on user suggestions.

 

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