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This week I have 5 new resources from around the Internet and 2 new resources from my blog.
New resources from around the Internet...
- Readsy is a free Chrome extension to help users read text more easily by highlighting key parts of speech.
- The aim is to allow users to skim through material faster than normal by emphasizing parts-of-speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives, while de-emphasizing parts-of-speech such as prepositions and conjunctions.
- Users can change which parts-of-speech are highlighted, change the color of the highlights, and save their own color templates.
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▶️ Illustrate to Educate
Illustrate to Educate is an excellent YouTube channel with lots of short, illustrated whiteboard videos on a wide range of educational topics including social studies, science, finance, current events, technology, and more.
↔️ Wider Web
"Etisalat Wider Web" is a free Chrome extension to simplify the way people who are on the autistic spectrum experience the web. Features include:
🧹 Cleared up interface📄 Option to choose a sans serif font⬛ Three color schemes: dark, medium and light gray💰 Advertising removal▶️ Blocking of video’s auto play🔊 Audio volume reduction
Limit is a helpful Chrome extension that allows you to set time limits for distracting websites. Your time limit for each site is configurable, from 5 to 500 minutes.
And new resources from "Control Alt Achieve"...
📝 Creative Writing and Publishing Resources
With the "National Day on Writing" that just took place on October 20th, and with National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo") coming up in November, creative writing is definitely on my mind. To help with this I just put up a new blog post where I share:
- ✍️ A giant collection of creative writing tools and activities for you and your students.
- 📖 Resources for how you and your students can share or publish your writings.
- 🧀 And as a great example of using technology to write creatively and publish the final product… a children's book about cheese that my daughter wrote!
Check out all the links, templates, and resources in the linked blog post, and if you or your students use any of these resources for writing, I would love to see whatever you are willing to share.
💻 GEG-Ohio October Meeting
Feel free to join us online this Wednesday, October 26th at 1pm (EST) for our monthly GEG-Ohio Google User Group meeting. These are monthly online meetings where we cover all of the new features and updates from Google from the last month, as well as great ideas for using Google tools in school.
The video will be recorded and available to watch afterwards for those who cannot join us live. Anyone with an interest in Google tools for schools is welcome to join us. Please feel free to share this information with others who may benefit. See you soon!
Post by Eric Curts
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