Students can certainly build their own toolkits allowing them to differentiate for their needs or collaborate with other students while working on projects. By having access to these free tools at home students will extend their learning beyond the regular school day.
Here is a list of free tools that teachers and students can use to create toolkits:
- Photopeach- use images in a presentation, project or concept.
- Wordle – can capture vocabulary in a book, for pre-teaching and comprehension.
- What kind of learner are you? – students can find their learning style.
- Find a book at your Lexile – students check their Lexile reading level choices.
- Mad Libs – students can create their own Mad Libs.
- Library of Congress – great source of information for students and teachers.
- Ask.com – good place to begin a research project.
- Citation Machine – students learn to cite their sources.
- Graphic Organizers – place to find graphic organizers.
- Visual Thesaurus – place to look up words and see the word in a visual thinking map.
- Awesome adjectives and Sensory words – a guide to grammar, punctuation and style.
- Spell Checker – allows students to check spelling, grammar and use a thesaurus.
- Create your own checklist – create a personalized editing checklist.
- Listen to your work – the site will read text to the student.
Here are a few resources that students at WSFCS have access to:
- NetTrekker – safe search engine that has read aloud and a section on writing.
- Curriculum Pathways – the Writing Reviser will analyze a student’s writing and provides information on how to construct a paper.