Cool Sites: DoInk, Whistle, Rhyme…

Keeping track of my favorite tools has been a little hectic, but I have managed to find a few tools this week that are definite gems! Check out the rest of this weekly series to find more great educational technology links and how I discovered these websites. All these links and more come from my Google reader so please feel free to connect with me on Google!

DoInk

ChickenSaltash shared the wonderful animation tool, DoInk, with me. He has a wonderful blog post with great examples how he integrated the free animation website with his students. By checking out his student examples, you will also see his feedback comments on the website! I love it! You learn how to integrate an entire lesson with this tool and provide constructive feedback. Check out his student’s example below on enzymes! Bet you didn’t think such complex items could be explained using animation.


enzymes at work by MUNROPOLZ, made at DoInk.com

Musipedia

I found Musipedia through Ziipa! Musipedia is not affiliated with Wikipedia but is similar. This website allows you or your students to edit and information on various tunes, melodies, and musical themes. According to the website description, “An entry can contain a bit of sheet music, a MIDI file, textual information about the work and the composer, and last but not least the Parsons Code, a rough description of the melodic contour.” I can easily see teachers having students pick a historical music piece or a song from the soundtrack of a film shown in class, research the songs using credible sources, then add this information to Musipedia. Moreover, you can whistle a tune or play the tune on a piano and Musipedia will identify the tune for you.

Write Rhymes

Write Rhymes is an excellent website for students who are writing poetry and want to increase their vocabulary! Look at the rhyme below from my very good friend Marisa Constantinides. Check out Kelly Tenkely’s blog post for creative ways to integrate this tool into a lesson!

I’d just eaten my spaghetti
and I thought you were so petty
leaving me with all the dishes
while you carried on your wishes

Google’s New Translator Widget

Google has created a free website translator widget. What I love about this new widget is that the tool automatically detects the visitor’s native language. I will be using this tool on my wiki page for my young English language learners. Some of the parents do not understand English fluently. I am hoping this tool will encourage them to use the online tools I have introduced on the wiki page by eliminating the language barrier.

Even More Cool Links

For more great finds, please visit Ozge Karaoglu’s Faves of the Week series! Ozge shares various cool links weekly on Twitter that are quite useful. Everyone in education should follow her to stay cutting edge and current!

Challenge:

Use one of the tools! Leave a comment if you found the tip useful!


Photo by dee, Morguefile.com

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

6 comments

  1. I too was excited about Write Rhymes when I first saw it, but I now don’t believe that it is suitable for the classroom. Imagine the scene where a student is writing about a duck, and clicks to get a rhyming for duck (or luck etc for that matter). Not all the suggested words are suitable for use in an elementary classroom as you will find out if you try to rhyme duck yourself!

    • Jonathan,

      Thank you for the heads-up to the readers. I teach adult English language learners so it would still be helpful for them but I will definitely use precaution! I will not use this for the kiddos, however. I wonder if Write Rhymes could fix this glitch, because it is really wonderful tool.

  2. Hi,
    I’m new on blogging and tweeting. I’ve just started my class blog and feel very excited when I find those cool tools. I liked them very much. Thanks a lot.
    Eva

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