6 Useful tools for teaching and learning vocabularyI don’t know about you, but I always find that my learners need as much help in learning and retaining vocabulary as I can give them. I’ve been doing a bit of searching for online tools that can help me in this quest, and here are a few that you might also find helpful… Word bucket Word Bucket is a personal English dictionary, notebook and vocabulary learning game.It enables students to save all new words to their personal Bucket and learn them through fun tests and games – ideal for individual revision or class competition. It’s a perfect classroom tool for learning words. Sentence / paragraph scrambler Add text to a box and get it automatically scrambled for you. Omnilexica Omnilexica is a free online tool that aims to provide definitions for all English words and expressions, usage examples, pronunciation and other linguistic resources. Vocabulary handout maker with pictures on various topics This is a really cool app for generating worksheets. Crossword puzzle maker
Finding the Cure for Writer's Block in a Web AppPosted 01/28/2014 at 6:38pm | by Michael Simon Lord knows how much I've spent on apps for writing. It wasn't so bad when I only had my Mac to worry about. But even before we entered the post-PC era, sharing was always an issue. These days, things are a whole lot better. But that doesn't mean my search is over. It wasn't supposed to be this way. And at least one developer still believes that's true. Nathan Kontny is no stranger to technology. "Draft started as just a simple way to mark major versions of my work that I could easily go through to find that old stuff," Kontny said. Draft isn't just the best web app I've ever used, it's quickly becoming one of my go-to writing apps. "When I design things, I prefer to give myself as few choices as I can possibly have," Kontny said. When you use Draft, Kontny's passion is evident. "I love building small things and quickly iterating on them. So, if that means Draft can't take advantage of the latest and greatest technologies, so be it.